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Robert Farley

Robert Farley

Robert Farley is an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

Robert Farley is a senior lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and a visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College.

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.

Posts by Robert Farley
August 02, 2021

Why Is Beijing Micromanaging Its Technology Sector?

By Robert Farley
Micromanaging a technology ecosystem is enormously complex and difficult, even for a bureaucracy the size of the Chinese government.

July 26, 2021

The Difficulty of Sino-American Economic Disentanglement

By Robert Farley
Disentanglement may hurt China more than the United States, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. would benefit. 
July 24, 2021

Innovation Offense vs. Defense

By Robert Farley
Should the U.S. focus on enhancing innovation or protecting the products of innovation from theft?

July 23, 2021

Can China’s Economy Overtake the United States?

By Robert Farley
Chinese economic growth has been the dominant fact of 21st century international relations, and will continue to shape global politics for the rest of the century.

July 01, 2021

Does China Weaponize Lending?

By Robert Farley
China’s commitment to economic efficiency has always been colored by a desire to maximize political influence.

June 29, 2021

When Japan Waged a Currency War Against China

By Robert Farley
The WW2-era effort by Imperial Japan to disrupt China’s financial system is worth remembering today.
June 21, 2021

Does It Matter If Dollar Dominance Ends?

By Robert Farley
Can globalization survive a multipolar financial system?

June 12, 2021

With Focus on China, US Senate Passes Major Industrial Policy Bill 

By Robert Farley
If the bill ultimately passes both houses of Congress, it will represent a major shift in how the United States government manages its relations with the tech sector.

May 28, 2021

What Han Dynasty China’s Financial Relations With Rome Can Teach Us Today

By Robert Farley
Systems of credit and debt are enormously consequential for trade, making the looming financial conflict between Beijing and Washington particularly worrisome. 

May 24, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of China, Part 2

By Robert Farley
Unlike the U.S. Space Force, China’s PLASSF is not an independent service.

May 22, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of China, Part 1

By Robert Farley
In some ways, China’s space doctrine has grown similar to that of the United States.
May 19, 2021

China Deepens Fintech Dominance With New Digital Currency

By Robert Farley
Beijing is still just chipping away at U.S. financial hegemony.

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