Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “South Korea”

The U.S. Needs a More Flexible Approach to North Korea

If Trump doesn’t want his North Korea policy to be a failure, he needs to adopt a more flexible approach right now and give up on the fantasy of a “big deal.”

Posted September 24th, 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

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

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

‘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

Why Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Matters

We know that Trump is impulsive, has terrible judgment, and doesn’t think through the consequences of his decisions, so we can’t assume that his threats are just so much hot air.

Posted August 1st, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea’s arsenal is the reason they were able to receive the recognition and status that they now have, so they have every incentive to keep it.

Posted June 12th, 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

Diplomacy with North Korea Needs Realistic Goals

North Korea isn’t going to give up its nuclear weapons in any case, so these objections to Moon’s mediation make no sense.

Posted May 29th, 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

The Cancelled Summit and the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Dysfunction

If Trump and his officials were this clumsy and destructive in the run-up to the summit, we can only guess how much worse things could have been during the negotiations.

Posted May 25th, 2018

Trump Doesn’t Have North Korea ‘Cornered’

North Korea’s behavior is not that of a government that feels trapped, but rather one that feels supremely confident that it has the advantage.

Posted May 18th, 2018

A Good Beginning to Rapprochement in Korea

The U.S. should do what it can to encourage rapprochement between Pyongyang and Seoul.

Posted April 27th, 2018

Trump’s Extortion Doctrine

Whatever one thinks about the merits of KORUS, this is a bad way to treat an ally.

Posted March 30th, 2018

Successful Diplomacy with North Korea Requires Compromise

The Trump administration should absolutely be trying to negotiate with North Korea, but it should not be starting its engagement with the DPRK by having a rushed, slapdash summit based on unrealistic expectations.

Posted March 10th, 2018

A Trump-Kim Summit?

If Trump is accepting the invitation simply to repeat the same unrealistic demand, a high-profile meeting isn’t likely to achieve anything.

Posted March 8th, 2018

Trump’s Trade War and South Korea

This is the worst time to widen the rift between Washington and Seoul.

Posted March 6th, 2018