Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “China”

Threat Inflation and The Jungle Grows Back

The problem for these ideologues is that “the jungle” isn’t relentlessly taking over in most parts of the world, and the role of machete-wielder they want the U.S. to fill isn’t really necessary for our security.

Posted January 15th, 2019

Trump’s Scramble for Africa

U.S. security interests aren’t threatened by Chinese and Russian influence in Africa, and framing U.S. policy for the entire continent as a zero-sum great power competition isn’t going to be very appealing to African governments.

Posted December 13th, 2018

George H.W. Bush, R.I.P.

Bush got many of the big foreign policy questions right during his presidency, but he also made some important mistakes.

Posted December 1st, 2018

Trump’s ‘Omni-Directional Belligerence’

Trump’s foreign policy is one that only hawks and hard-liners could support, and it is leading the U.S. on a path to conflict with one or more other governments.

Posted October 23rd, 2018

Quitting the INF Treaty Is a Serious Mistake

Quitting the INF Treaty and allowing New START to expire would represent the willful destruction of the most important arms control agreements that the U.S. has.

Posted October 21st, 2018

‘Maximum Pressure’ Is a Dead End

Our government demands things that are politically impossible for any self-respecting government to agree to, and then sets out to punish the other side when it refuses to meet Washington’s absurd expectations.

Posted October 4th, 2018

The Iran Obsession Strikes Again

The entire exercise is likely to be embarrassing for the U.S. because it will underscore just how isolated our government is following the president’s destructive decision to renege on the JCPOA.

Posted September 4th, 2018

China and Germany Reject Trump’s Threats

Trump’s Iran policy is illegitimate in the eyes of almost every other government in the world.

Posted August 8th, 2018

The Case for Normalizing Relations with Iran

It is extremely strange that our governments do not have normal relations after all this time.

Posted August 7th, 2018

Trump’s Persistent Iran Delusions

Another case of Trump declaring victory when nothing has changed.

Posted July 17th, 2018

Trump Touts a ‘Contract’ with North Korea That Doesn’t Exist

If Trump thinks that he has somehow been betrayed or cheated, he is much more likely to listen to the ravings of Graham and Bolton.

Posted July 9th, 2018

Paying the Price of Trump’s Iran Obsession

Trump’s Iran policy has been destructive all along, but now it is threatening to damage the U.S. and global economy for no good reason.

Posted June 27th, 2018

The Destructive Iran Obsession Gets Even Worse

The U.S. isn’t just proposing to wage economic war on Iran, but threatens to extend that war to all of Iran’s major trading partners.

Posted June 26th, 2018

Waging a Trade War That No One Supports

The only one that seems likely to benefit from this quarreling among allies is China while we hurt each other for no reason.

Posted June 6th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

A new history of Arabia, written in stone. Elias Muhanna describes the …

Posted June 1st, 2018

Thornton and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Withdrawing Thornton’s nomination will continue the administration’s pattern of rejecting knowledgeable people for important positions because they fail to adopt sufficiently hawkish views.

Posted May 30th, 2018

Stop Comparing North Korea to Libya

The administration has to stop thinking of North Korea as another Libya in any way.

Posted May 26th, 2018