Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “North Korea”

Why Trump’s North Korea Policy Fails Again and Again

At the same time that he is undermining the administration’s negotiators, he remains fixated on an impossible goal of North Korean disarmament.

Posted March 20th, 2019

Who Attacked the North Korean Embassy in Spain?

If anyone connected with the U.S. government was involved, both Spain and North Korea will be understandably outraged.

Posted March 14th, 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

Maximalism Is the Death of Diplomacy

Unfortunately, the administration has boxed itself in with its all-or-nothing approach and its expansive list of conditions.

Posted March 11th, 2019

Bolton’s Impossible Demands for North Korea

Bolton has taken full advantage of the breakdown in talks to make sure that diplomacy with North Korea won’t produce anything at all.

Posted March 10th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Hanoi summit was doomed from the start. Ankit Panda and Vipin …

Posted March 8th, 2019

Failure at Hanoi Has Taught the Administration Nothing

The hardening of the administration position tells us that they completely misunderstand why the Hanoi summit failed.

Posted March 7th, 2019

Why ‘Maximum Pressure’ Doesn’t and Can’t Work

Especially when they are used to try to force radical changes to a regime’s security policies.

Posted March 6th, 2019

Bolton’s Growing Influence

The National Security Advisor is horrible at his official job of organizing and running a competent policy process, but he has been able to exploit the ensuing dysfunction to advance his own agenda.

Posted March 4th, 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

For Bolton, Diplomatic Success Is Failure and Failure Is Success

Bolton hates every diplomatic agreement that has succeeded, and he applauds diplomatic breakdowns as successes.

Posted March 3rd, 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

Trump’s Foreign Policy and the 2019 SOTU

The president probably didn’t mean to call attention to how irrational and illegitimate his policies are, but he did.

Posted February 5th, 2019

Trump’s Failing Foreign Policy

Trump is one of the least successful foreign policy presidents of modern times.

Posted February 4th, 2019

Trump’s Invincible Ignorance

Trump is reflexively rejecting all evidence that undermines his own official claims about the nuclear deal, North Korea, and many other things, and he is doing that because the evidence proves his claims to be false.

Posted February 3rd, 2019

Trump’s Unrealistic Ultimatums for Iran and North Korea

The administration’s approach to both states has amounted to issuing ultimatums that require the other side to surrender in exchange for little or nothing up front, and then they wonder why they haven’t made more progress.

Posted January 28th, 2019