Daniel Larison
A daily blog on foreign policy and international affairs by Daniel Larison
Created 27 Jul 2020
  • A Win for Antiwar Activists on Yemen
    24 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 13 10
    Annelle Sheline comments on the passage of Rep. Ro Khanna’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would cut off all assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war on Yemen: The House voted ...
  • There Is No Substitute for Salvaging the Nuclear Deal
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 6
    Axios reports on U.S.-Israel discussions about what to do if negotiations over salvaging the nuclear deal fail: The U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible “plan B” i...
  • AUKUS and America's 'Hammer Dilemma' in Asia
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 1
    Australia has been at pains to reassure its neighbors in Southeast Asia that the Australia-U.K.-U.S. trilateral security partnership (AUKUS) is not a defense pact or alliance: Australia on Monday soug...
  • The U.S. Is Still at War Whether Biden Admits It or Not
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 3
    The president addressed the U.N. General Assembly today. His speech mostly focused on global problems that require collective action, and that made sense given that he was speaking to the other member...
  • The Costs of Illegal Assassinations
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 2
    There was an extensive report on the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by the Israeli government in The New York Times that came out a few days ago. It detailed how the Mossad used a remote-controlled robo...
  • A 'Blob' By Any Other Name
    20 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 18 7
    Last week, The New York Times published an article about Afghanistan and the foreign policy “Blob,” and it was written in a way that mocked the term and the critics that use it. The funny thing is tha...
  • Looking for Responsible Realism on China
    16 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 11 13
    Ross Douthat sums up the thesis of Elbridge Colby’s book, Strategy of Denial: Only China threatens American interests in a profound way, through a consolidation of economic power in Asia that imperils...
  • The Weird Surge of Hawkishness over Ukraine
    15 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 6
    According to a recent Chicago Council survey, there has been a sharp surge in support for sending U.S. troops to defend Taiwan in the event of invasion, and now we are seeing the same thing with Ukrai...
  • Josh Hawley, Clownish Menace
    15 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 11 0
    Josh Hawley is a clownish menace: Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said Tuesday that he will place a hold on "every single civilian nominee" for the State and Defense Departments unless Secretary Antony Bl...
  • Did China Really Think the U.S. Was Going to Attack?
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 4
    The Washington Post reports on a bizarre detail included in the new book, Peril: In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese co...
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