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Robert Farley

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.

Understanding Civil-Military Relations and Anti-Submarine Warfare
August 16, 2019
Understanding Civil-Military Relations and Anti-Submarine Warfare
Civil-military relations may explain the Chinese navy’s approach to anti-submarine warfare.
Understanding Civil-Military Relations and Anti-Submarine Warfare
Did a Failure to Plan for Anti-Submarine Warfare Doom the Imperial Japanese Navy?
August 14, 2019
Did a Failure to Plan for Anti-Submarine Warfare Doom the Imperial Japanese Navy?
Anti-submarine warfare was a blind spot for Imperial Japan, with deadly results.
Did a Failure to Plan for Anti-Submarine Warfare Doom the Imperial Japanese Navy?
South Korea Moves Toward Medium-Sized Aircraft Carriers: Why?
July 26, 2019
South Korea Moves Toward Medium-Sized Aircraft Carriers: Why?
What’s driving Seoul to include carriers in its naval expansion plans?
South Korea Moves Toward Medium-Sized Aircraft Carriers: Why?
How Serious Is China’s Threat to Sanction US Companies Over Taiwan Arms Sales?
July 17, 2019
How Serious Is China’s Threat to Sanction US Companies Over Taiwan Arms Sales?
Will Chinese retaliation have spillover effects?
How Serious Is China’s Threat to Sanction US Companies Over Taiwan Arms Sales?
What Lies Ahead for South Korea’s Strategic Diversification Efforts?
July 11, 2019
What Lies Ahead for South Korea’s Strategic Diversification Efforts?
South Korean divestment from China is precisely what the Trump administration would like to see.
What Lies Ahead for South Korea’s Strategic Diversification Efforts?
Is China Pulling Off Its Own ’Offset’ Strategy?
July 09, 2019
Is China Pulling Off Its Own ’Offset’ Strategy?
If China has an offset strategy of its own, what’s it about?
Is China Pulling Off Its Own ’Offset’ Strategy?
Imagining a Nuclear War With North Korea: The <em>2020 Commission</em>, Misperception, and Trump
July 04, 2019
Imagining a Nuclear War With North Korea: The 2020 Commission, Misperception, and Trump
Jeffrey Lewis' 2020 Commission holds important lessons for how Trump's diplomacy with North Korea could go south.
Imagining a Nuclear War With North Korea: The 2020 Commission, Misperception, and Trump
Japanese Tech Export Controls on South Korea?
July 02, 2019
Japanese Tech Export Controls on South Korea?
Japan seems to be taking a cue from the Trump administration.
Japanese Tech Export Controls on South Korea?
Getting the World to Comply With the US Huawei Ban Won’t Be Easy
June 29, 2019
Getting the World to Comply With the US Huawei Ban Won’t Be Easy
The question of enforcement is critical.
Getting the World to Comply With the US Huawei Ban Won’t Be Easy
When a China Propaganda Campaign Infiltrated the United States
June 25, 2019
When a China Propaganda Campaign Infiltrated the United States
The case of a pro-Nationalist propaganda network in the United States in the 1930s reinforces the fact that foreign interference in U.S. politics is far from new.
When a China Propaganda Campaign Infiltrated the United States
The Risks of a ‘Total’ US-China Competition
June 14, 2019
The Risks of a ‘Total’ US-China Competition
Even China hawks need to make a careful appraisal of what sparks joy in the Sino-American relationship.
The Risks of a ‘Total’ US-China Competition
The US War on Huawei: Predicting the Blowback
June 03, 2019
The US War on Huawei: Predicting the Blowback
The U.S. decision to take on Huawei will have far-reaching implications.
The US War on Huawei: Predicting the Blowback
The US-China Huawei Spat: Risks to the Global IP Protection Regime
May 30, 2019
The US-China Huawei Spat: Risks to the Global IP Protection Regime
The weaponization of intellectual property can obscure critical realities.
The US-China Huawei Spat: Risks to the Global IP Protection Regime
Change and Continuity in Intellectual Property Enforcement: The Case of Huawei
May 29, 2019
Change and Continuity in Intellectual Property Enforcement: The Case of Huawei
The United States is weaponizing interdependence, with important consequences.
Change and Continuity in Intellectual Property Enforcement: The Case of Huawei
US-China Decoupling and Vulnerabilities in the American Defense Industrial Base
May 18, 2019
US-China Decoupling and Vulnerabilities in the American Defense Industrial Base
Decoupling from China may result in a shock to the U.S. defense industrial base.
US-China Decoupling and Vulnerabilities in the American Defense Industrial Base
The Significance of China’s Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
May 10, 2019
The Significance of China’s Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
Even if the carrier begins trials by 2022, it will be some time before it becomes a useful military asset.
The Significance of China’s Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
What George Marshall Learned From His Time in China
May 03, 2019
What George Marshall Learned From His Time in China
Marshall couldn’t stop the Chinese Civil War, but what did he learn?
What George Marshall Learned From His Time in China
How China’s Military Manages Interservice Competition
April 25, 2019
How China’s Military Manages Interservice Competition
How does the People’s Liberation Army manage a common challenge for any large military?
How China’s Military Manages Interservice Competition
The US-China Trade War: The Case of Kentucky Bourbon
April 12, 2019
The US-China Trade War: The Case of Kentucky Bourbon
The bourbon wars hold important lessons for how Americans think about trade policy.
The US-China Trade War: The Case of Kentucky Bourbon
American Bourbon Isn’t Safe From Trump’s Trade War With China
April 10, 2019
American Bourbon Isn’t Safe From Trump’s Trade War With China
The market for American whiskey in China is worth nearly $9 million.
American Bourbon Isn’t Safe From Trump’s Trade War With China
Ichiro's Last Game: The End of an Era
March 22, 2019
Ichiro's Last Game: The End of an Era
No Japanese Major League Baseball player has seen a similar level of success.
Ichiro's Last Game: The End of an Era
The Relationship Between the Size of China’s Economy and Its Military Posture
March 16, 2019
The Relationship Between the Size of China’s Economy and Its Military Posture
The relative sizes of the Chinese and U.S. economies are close to that of the Japanese and U.S. economies in the interwar period.
The Relationship Between the Size of China’s Economy and Its Military Posture
Intellectual Property, Defense Technology, and the Future of Great Power Relations
March 14, 2019
Intellectual Property, Defense Technology, and the Future of Great Power Relations
The idea that technological catch-up is possible may be flawed.
Intellectual Property, Defense Technology, and the Future of Great Power Relations
From the Dreadnought to Modern Stealth: Seeking Military Technological Superiority
March 11, 2019
From the Dreadnought to Modern Stealth: Seeking Military Technological Superiority
Which military technologies are the most difficult to master for would-be U.S. competitors?
From the Dreadnought to Modern Stealth: Seeking Military Technological Superiority
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