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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
March 05, 2021

Does It Matter That the University of Kentucky Closed Its Confucius Institute?

By Robert Farley
The concerns about Confucius Institutes are well known, but many are manageable. Is closing the institutes the answer?

February 23, 2021

Welcome to the All-Consuming Great Power Competition

By Robert Farley
The rhetoric of great power competition threatens to devour every other aspect of U.S. foreign policy.
February 17, 2021

After Manila: the Law of Armed Conflict and Victor’s Justice

By Robert Farley
At the time, the defense of Manila was the single most consequential event of the Pacific War from the point of view of the law of armed conflict.

February 13, 2021

Could the Destruction of Manila in 1945 Have Been Avoided?

By Robert Farley
The question vexed planners at the time, and has been debated extensively in the years since. 

February 12, 2021

Remembering the Battle of Manila, 76 Years Later

By Robert Farley
The Battle of Manila was the largest urban contest of the Pacific War.

February 01, 2021

How Will China Counter US Financial Hegemony?

By Robert Farley
China’s plan for a central digital currency aims to fulfill numerous goals, from consolidating domestic control to competing in the global financial field.
January 20, 2021

How Will Harris Influence IP Law in the Biden Administration?

By Robert Farley
The incoming vice president’s Senate record suggests how the administration may tackle IP policy issues.

January 19, 2021

Are Hypersonic Weapons All Hype?

By Robert Farley
To say hypersonics aren’t revolutionary is hardly to say that they’re irrelevant.

January 13, 2021

Sizing Up South Korea’s Coming Aircraft Carriers

By Robert Farley
The development will undoubtedly have an effect on naval planning in Northeast Asia.

December 29, 2020

Will US Policy on Intellectual Property Protection Change Under Biden?

By Robert Farley
The Biden administration is likely to treat IP questions as a crucial component of national security. 

December 29, 2020

To Face Down China, Should the United States Turn Away From the Middle East?

By Robert Farley
It’s not that simple. Any effort to characterize China as an existential threat implies a level of conflict that will provide justification for U.S. intervention anywhere in the world. 
December 22, 2020

Biden and the Credibility Conundrum: What If China Attacks Taiwan?

By Robert Farley
American presidents have worried about the credibility of their threats since the beginning of the Nuclear Age.

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