Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

Endorsing Illegal Annexation and the ‘Rules-Based Order’

Trump’s decision confirms in the eyes of every other state that our government only claims to care about a “rules-based order” when it can be used to target certain regimes for punishment.

Posted March 21st, 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

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

Don’t Let New START Die

Allowing New START to expire would be very dangerous and foolish, but all signs suggest that this is exactly what the administration is going to do.

Posted February 7th, 2019

Bolton Is Demolishing the Architecture of Arms Control

Instead of trying to preserve hard-won arms control architecture, the administration is deliberately demolishing the entire edifice after one part of it has started to erode.

Posted February 5th, 2019

Survey: Two-Thirds of Americans Want to Keep the INF Treaty

Trump’s decision to exit the treaty doesn’t have popular support.

Posted February 5th, 2019

Trump Is Killing the INF Treaty

Giving up on the INF Treaty is one of the biggest blunders that Trump has made as president, and it could prove to be one of his costliest mistakes.

Posted February 1st, 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

Syria and the ‘Jacksonians’

The people Mead insists on calling “Jacksonians” are generally hawkish, but it doesn’t follow that they subscribe to all of the assumptions of elite Iran and Russia hawks.

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

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

Save the INF Treaty

Quitting the INF Treaty unfortunately fits the administration’s pattern of reneging on and abandoning agreements without giving any thought to the consequences of withdrawal.

Posted December 10th, 2018

Steer Clear of the Latest Dispute Between Ukraine and Russia

The U.S. and our NATO allies should make it emphatically clear to the Ukrainian government that the alliance is not going to join their conflict with Russia.

Posted November 29th, 2018

Arms Control Treaties and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Quitting the INF Treaty isn’t a rational response to a manageable problem. It is the knee-jerk response of an ideologue who has been looking for an opportunity to get rid of the treaty all along.

Posted October 27th, 2018

The Trump Administration’s INF Treaty Blunder

No Americans interests are served by tearing up this treaty, and by withdrawing from it the Trump administration will be throwing away one of the most advantageous treaties for the United States of the last half-century.

Posted October 23rd, 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