Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “China”

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Night thoughts in Tehran. Cornelius Adebahr recounts his recent visit to Iran …

Posted May 10th, 2019

Don’t Fall for Bannon’s China Fear-mongering

Hard-liners declare compromise futile because they can’t stand the idea of settling a dispute rather than exploiting it to increase tensions.

Posted May 6th, 2019

An Awful ‘Strategy’ for China

This “strategy” reeks of trying to essentialize cultural and racial differences as the basis for stoking tensions with another major power.

Posted May 1st, 2019

The Collective Punishment of Strangling the Iranian People

Trump’s policy is all risk and no discernible benefit for the U.S. while causing enormous harm to millions.

Posted April 22nd, 2019

Our Iran Policy Is Run By Fanatics

Refusing to offer new sanctions waivers is the latest sign that Trump is once again giving in to the most extreme Iran hawks.

Posted April 21st, 2019

Say No to a ‘Cold War’ with China

The U.S. doesn’t need and shouldn’t seek a Cold War-style confrontation with China.

Posted April 11th, 2019

There Is No Need for ‘Triple Containment’

The U.S. doesn’t need a policy of “triple containment,” and if it made the mistake of attempting one it would drive these states together into a formidable coalition against the U.S.

Posted March 24th, 2019

The U.S. Shouldn’t Seek New ‘Ideological Confrontations’ Abroad

Kagan wants the U.S. to take a more confrontational approach to dealing with Russia and China, and in order to sell that today he has to dress it up as something more than the destructive and costly pursuit of hegemony that he has been pushing for decades.

Posted March 17th, 2019

Washington’s Continuing Failure to Understand Our Adversaries

The U.S. keeps expecting North Korea to give up something that they have no reason to give up in exchange for something that isn’t as important to them as we think it is.

Posted March 4th, 2019

Foreign Policy Restraint or a New Cold War?

Wertheim’s essay provides a valuable overview of the current debates over the proper U.S. role in the world.

Posted February 27th, 2019

The Importance of Engagement with Iran

Diplomatic engagement isn’t going to eliminate all conflicts, but it allows the U.S. to manage those conflicts and defuse tensions before they reach dangerous levels.

Posted January 21st, 2019

Trump Embraces the Missile Defense Boondoggle

Expanding missile defenses would just mean adding more unnecessary spending to an already bloated Pentagon budget, and it would actually result in less security.

Posted January 17th, 2019

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