Author Archives: Daniel Larison

About Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter.

Sessions and the Self-Sabotaging Trump Administration

Other Trump appointees and supporters should take note of all this and get clear of this failing administration before he turns on them next.

The Cruelty of Iran Hawks

The idea that “harsher sanctions” would lead to a “revolution” is nonsense that has been discredited many times over the years.

The Qatar Crisis, the War on Yemen, and the Hollow ‘Rules-Based Order’

Because it is a U.S.-backed war waged by our clients, the war on Yemen isn’t held to the same–or indeed any–standard that many cheerleaders for the “rules-based order” apply elsewhere.

Yemen’s Rapidly Growing Cholera Epidemic

The people of Yemen are in urgent need of a major emergency response if they are to avoid massive loss of life from starvation and disease.

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the Nuclear Deal

Trump hasn’t scrapped the deal yet, but he clearly wants to.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Iran and the collision between Trump and reality. Paul Pillar comments on …

Trump’s First Foreign Trip and the Qatar Crisis

The Saudi leg was considered to be the most successful part of Trump’s first trip abroad as president, and two months later we can see that it was actually a destabilizing and embarrassing episode.

Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic Is the Worst on Record

If there is not a major response to these disasters soon, it will be too late for countless victims of starvation and disease.

The Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship Must End

Washington should have no compunctions about severing a noxious relationship that hurts our interests and endangers the wider region.

Tillerson and the Wrecking of the State Department

Tillerson is there to hollow out the State Department and make it as dysfunctional as he can.

The Disgraceful ‘Anti-Boycott Act’

It is deranged to try to criminalize protected political speech and association.

Pursuing Regime Change in Iran Would Be Disastrous. It’s Also Wrong

It is not for our government to decide whether a foreign regime should be replaced.

Trump Grudgingly Recertifies the Nuclear Deal

The danger here is that Trump’s instincts are to trash the deal and to deny that Iran is in compliance despite the fact that Tehran has been complying with the agreement from the start.

Report: UAE Responsible for the Qatar Hacks

If this latest report is accurate, it would fit with what we know about the crisis.

Our Inept Iran Hawks

Hawks are notoriously bad at estimating the likely effects of their preferred policies.

Poll: British Public Overwhelmingly Opposes Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

British support for the war on Yemen has scant support among the public there.

Two Years Later, the Iran Deal Is a Success

Iran has been and continues to be in compliance with the terms of the deal.

The Confused U.S. Response to the Qatar Crisis

The problem may be that Trump doesn’t understand that he is undermining and contradicting his own officials.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Los Alamos nuclear fiasco. Kelley Vlahos reports on the dangers of …

The Qatar Crisis and Tillerson’s Failed Shuttle Diplomacy

The administration’s wholehearted embrace of the Saudis in Riyadh will continue to cause the U.S. and the region more problems like this one.

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