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Robert Farley

Robert Farley is a senior lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

His work includes military doctrine, national security, and maritime affairs.

He is author of The Battleship Book.

He blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money and Information Dissemination, and can be found on twitter at @drfarls.

Imperial Japan's <em>Musashi</em>: The Greatest Battleship Ever Built?
March 06, 2015
Imperial Japan's Musashi: The Greatest Battleship Ever Built?
The HIJMS Musashi has an important lesson to teach us on military obsolescence.
Imperial Japan's Musashi: The Greatest Battleship Ever Built?
Where Is India's Carrier Fleet Going?
February 27, 2015
Where Is India's Carrier Fleet Going?
India should think long and hard about the logistics necessary to operate a nuclear propulsion carrier.
Where Is India's Carrier Fleet Going?
The <em>Real</em> Lesson of the Vietnam War
February 20, 2015
The Real Lesson of the Vietnam War
Vietnam didn't reinforce perceptions of U.S. toughness to allies. In fact, it may have done the opposite.
The Real Lesson of the Vietnam War
What the Vietnam War Hawks Got Wrong
February 13, 2015
What the Vietnam War Hawks Got Wrong
James Burnham, and other Vietnam hawks, hardly deserve contemporary rehabilitation.
What the Vietnam War Hawks Got Wrong
Could East Asia's Weak Institutions Be a Blessing in Disguise?
February 07, 2015
Could East Asia's Weak Institutions Be a Blessing in Disguise?
East Asia's multilateral institutions -- from ASEAN to APEC -- are generally weak. This might be a good thing.
Could East Asia's Weak Institutions Be a Blessing in Disguise?
US-India Cooperation on Naval Aviation: Game Changer?
January 31, 2015
US-India Cooperation on Naval Aviation: Game Changer?
India and the United States will cooperate on naval aviation following U.S. President Barack Obama's recent visit to New Delhi.
US-India Cooperation on Naval Aviation: Game Changer?
Chinese Defense Innovation
January 27, 2015
Chinese Defense Innovation
Industrial espionage may help China’s military-industrial complex, but it will still need to harness its private sector.
Chinese Defense Innovation
What if China Never Acquired the <em>Varyag</em>?
January 23, 2015
What if China Never Acquired the Varyag?
China’s acquisition of the Varyag was contingent on a series of improbable events.
What if China Never Acquired the Varyag?
Solving the US Navy's Carrier Fleet Puzzle
January 16, 2015
Solving the US Navy's Carrier Fleet Puzzle
The United States' Navy still faces a vibrant debate on the future of its aircraft carriers and supercarriers.
Solving the US Navy's Carrier Fleet Puzzle
Can the US Condition East Asian Labor?
January 09, 2015
Can the US Condition East Asian Labor?
How much pressure can the United States exert on exporting firms in East Asian economies?
Can the US Condition East Asian Labor?
5 APAC Security Trends to Watch in 2015
January 03, 2015
5 APAC Security Trends to Watch in 2015
Flashpoints' Robert Farley outlines five trends to follow in the Asia-Pacific in 2015.
5 APAC Security Trends to Watch in 2015
A Holiday Primer on Salami Slicing
December 26, 2014
A Holiday Primer on Salami Slicing
How to approach the complex problem of "salami slicing" in the South and East China Seas.
A Holiday Primer on Salami Slicing
The Geopolitical Lessons of US-Cuba Rapprochement
December 20, 2014
The Geopolitical Lessons of US-Cuba Rapprochement
The United States and Cuba will re-establish diplomatic relations, ending a vestige of U.S. Cold War policy.
The Geopolitical Lessons of US-Cuba Rapprochement
4 Ways Conflict Could Develop in East Asia
December 16, 2014
4 Ways Conflict Could Develop in East Asia
As you watch East Asia in 2015, keep an eye on these four factors.
4 Ways Conflict Could Develop in East Asia
Does the JF-17 Finally Have Buyers?
December 05, 2014
Does the JF-17 Finally Have Buyers?
The Sino-Pakistani jet could finally have found prospective buyers.
Does the JF-17 Finally Have Buyers?
Can China Tap Private Sector Innovation in Defense?
November 28, 2014
Can China Tap Private Sector Innovation in Defense?
The United States isn't the only country looking to inject some civilian-sector innovation into defense technology.
Can China Tap Private Sector Innovation in Defense?
Why China's South China Sea Diplomacy Will Frustrate Claimants
November 21, 2014
Why China's South China Sea Diplomacy Will Frustrate Claimants
International frustration over outcomes in the South China Sea is a fine outcome for China.
Why China's South China Sea Diplomacy Will Frustrate Claimants
China's Selling the J-31, But Who's Buying?
November 14, 2014
China's Selling the J-31, But Who's Buying?
Is anyone interested in purchasing China's answer to the F-35?
China's Selling the J-31, But Who's Buying?
Why the US Will Welcome Chinese Influence in Afghanistan
November 07, 2014
Why the US Will Welcome Chinese Influence in Afghanistan
Does the United States care if Beijing ramps up its influence in Afghanistan? Probably not.
Why the US Will Welcome Chinese Influence in Afghanistan
What the Soviet Union Can Teach China About A2/AD
October 31, 2014
What the Soviet Union Can Teach China About A2/AD
The Soviet Union's experience with A2/AD against the U.S. Navy carries important lessons for Beijing.
What the Soviet Union Can Teach China About A2/AD
Should the US Proliferate A2/AD in Asia?
October 24, 2014
Should the US Proliferate A2/AD in Asia?
The United States shouldn't rush into arming its allies with anti-access/area denial technologies.
Should the US Proliferate A2/AD in Asia?
How Imperial Germany Lost Asia
October 17, 2014
How Imperial Germany Lost Asia
A hundred years ago, the German empire slowly shed its Asian possessions.
How Imperial Germany Lost Asia
It's Time for a Little Heterodoxy in Naval Strategy
October 11, 2014
It's Time for a Little Heterodoxy in Naval Strategy
It's time to remember some of the more forgotten naval strategists.
It's Time for a Little Heterodoxy in Naval Strategy
American Universities Face a Confucius Institute Dilemma
October 03, 2014
American Universities Face a Confucius Institute Dilemma
How should U.S. universities evaluate the value of their Confucius Institutes?
American Universities Face a Confucius Institute Dilemma
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