Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Stephen Walt”

Trump’s Wasted Presidency

In practice, Trump’s presidency has been defined by rejecting successful diplomatic agreements and repeating or continuing the other mistakes of his predecessors.

Posted March 5th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Detainees describe an American presence in torture chambers. Spencer Ackerman reports on …

Posted February 1st, 2019

The Irrational Fear Behind Perpetual War

Perhaps the biggest reason for U.S. overcommitment is our tendency to give in to irrational fears that manageable threats are existential ones.

Posted January 31st, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

This is America’s Middle East strategy on steroids. Stephen Walt explains that …

Posted October 19th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

UAE says it can’t control Yemeni forces–even as it hands them bags …

Posted June 8th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The art of the regime change. Stephen Walt responds to Trump’s decision …

Posted May 11th, 2018

Hawks Always Fail Upwards

Generic hawks don’t deserve a second chance after the last sixteen-plus years of failure and disaster, and fanatical hard-liners like Bolton never deserved a first chance.

Posted March 25th, 2018

The Baseless Fear of Iranian ‘Hegemony’

Conjuring up the specter of Iran as a possible regional hegemon is worse than threat inflation. It is threat invention.

Posted January 17th, 2018

Two Tedious Attacks on Realists

Attacks on academic realists are written to shore up the boundaries of what passes for acceptable “mainstream” foreign policy thought in Washington.

Posted September 20th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Murder of journalists reflects global assault on free speech. Noah Millman comments …

Posted September 15th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s comment on Venezuela makes a bad situation worse. Michael Shifter calls …

Posted August 18th, 2017

The Pitfalls of Trump’s Predictable Bellicosity

Trump has been reliably bad at alliance management and consistently prone to issuing threats that scare our allies more than they worry our adversaries.

Posted August 17th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

What does victory in Yemen look like? James Spencer explains the stalemated …

Posted May 12th, 2017

Trump vs. Foreign Policy Restraint (II)

The gap between what advocates of restraint want to see in U.S. foreign policy and what Trump is doing is very wide and seems likely to keep getting wider.

Posted January 27th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump and Israel. Kelley Vlahos reports on the uncertainty created by Trump’s …

Posted January 20th, 2017

No, Really, Clinton Will Be Very Hawkish as President

Almost everything in her foreign policy record says that this is how she will govern.

Posted September 26th, 2016

Trump and Obama Aren’t Realists

Trump and Obama may end up taking a few positions that realists share, but they are doing so for their own reasons and usually with very different assumptions about how the world works.

Posted April 13th, 2016