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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
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.

April 23, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Japan

By Robert Farley
Japan has steadily increased its institutional military engagement with space, albeit still with a defensive posture.
April 21, 2021

Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing

By Robert Farley
The Nanggala was engaged in support of an Indonesian Navy drill when it failed to report in. A search is underway.

April 20, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Russia

By Robert Farley
Rather than establish a separate space force, Russia has determined that space should be integrated with other aerospace assets.

April 19, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of India

By Robert Farley
Different countries have approached the military aspects of space in different ways. Here’s India’s approach. 

March 31, 2021

What Does Finance Have to Do With War?

By Robert Farley
Examining how Japan financed its 20th century wars provides context for understanding the relationship between finance and international conflict.

March 25, 2021

The Innovation Dilemma: Sharing vs. Hoarding Knowledge

By Robert Farley
Transparency and sharing are antithetical to efforts to box China out of a competitive position in the most advanced technological sectors. 
March 24, 2021

What Is a Water War?

By Robert Farley
How useful is the concept “water wars” and how do they fit into traditional concepts of naval power?

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