Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Kim Jong-un”

The President’s Vanity Kills Diplomacy

Results are irrelevant. All that matters to him are the ratings and the images.

Posted September 10th, 2019

What North Korea’s Anti-Pompeo Invective Means

They are running out of patience, and the Trump administration is running out of time. The problem is that only one side seems to be aware that time is running out.

Posted August 23rd, 2019

Time Is Almost Up for Trump on North Korea

As long as the administration is committed to thinking of talks with North Korea as an all-or-nothing proposition, they will be left with nothing and North Korea will continue expanding its arsenal.

Posted August 14th, 2019

All-or-Nothing Diplomacy Always Yields Nothing

As usual, an all-or-nothing approach to diplomacy leaves us with nothing.

Posted July 29th, 2019

Pompeo’s Dangerous North Korea Fabrications

The Secretary of State’s fabrications are dangerous for a few reasons.

Posted June 5th, 2019

McMaster’s Preventive War Lunacy

It speaks volumes about both him and FDD that he is still indulging the insane idea of an attack on North Korea more than a year since he left government service.

Posted June 3rd, 2019

The Obstacles to Productive Diplomacy with North Korea

Another obstacle to successful diplomacy with North Korea is that the U.S. has proven to be pretty bad at negotiating with weaker states and then even worse when it comes to honoring the agreements made with them.

Posted May 30th, 2019

Trump Is Running Out of Time on North Korea

His failed policy is also potentially sabotaging South Korea’s attempts at engagement.

Posted May 24th, 2019

Pompeo’s North Korea Lies Are Catching Up to Him

The Secretary of State has spent the better part of a year consciously spinning and misrepresenting Pyongyang’s position.

Posted March 12th, 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

The Hanoi Summit Collapses

The administration’s fixation on North Korean disarmament at the expense of pursuing improved relations probably doomed the negotiations from the beginning.

Posted February 28th, 2019

The Hanoi Summit and the Fantasy of Disarming North Korea

The administration needs to face up to the reality that North Korean disarmament isn’t happening.

Posted February 21st, 2019

What Is the Point of a Second North Korean Summit?

Talking about disarmament that won’t occur is a waste of time for all concerned.

Posted January 21st, 2019

The Fixation on Disarmament Is an Obstacle to Peace in Korea

Since North Korean disarmament isn’t happening, holding inter-Korean rapprochement hostage to that unrealistic goal isn’t doing anyone any favors.

Posted December 26th, 2018

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Posted December 14th, 2018

North Korea and the ‘Great Deception’

If anyone has attempted a “great deception” over the last six months, it is the administration officials that have pretended that North Korea agreed to disarm at Singapore.

Posted November 12th, 2018

Pompeo’s North Korea Fantasy

Pompeo is making it quite clear that the administration “will not compromise” on demands that North Korea will never accept, so he may as well be announcing that the administration’s North Korea policy has already failed on its own terms.

Posted October 16th, 2018