Robert Farley

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  • Nov 25, 2022
    The Star Wars saga has a history of borrowing liberally from foreign and English language films. George Lucas famously borrowed scenes and concepts from Japanese and German...
  • Nov 15, 2022
    World War I saw the first strategic bombing campaigns, with Germany using Zeppelins and heavy, long-range aircraft to inflict damage primarily upon British...
  • Sep 16, 2022
    If Ukraine can drive Russia out of Kherson at an acceptable cost, we’ll have an entirely new war for many reasons.
  • Sep 10, 2022
    I have been hesitant to write about the success of Ukraine’s counter-offensive around Kherson and Kharkiv because the information sources are very jumbled and because...
  • Aug 30, 2022
    The Russian defense industry has some struggles ahead. Despite claims of self-sufficiency, it turns out that Russian industry needs Western components and Western...
  • Aug 25, 2022
    What hope is there for the war in the air in Ukraine? More than by land or by sea, Western support for Ukraine in the air could give Kyiv a decisive advantage...
  • Aug 9, 2022
    In short, the United States can fight both Russia and China at once…for a while, and with the help of some friends.
  • Aug 5, 2022
    The decision to visit Taiwan may well convince China to undertake policies that run counter to U.S. interests in other parts of the world.
  • Jul 11, 2022
    On July 8 former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot twice by an assailant with a homemade gun. Having suffered critical wounds, Abe collapsed and was...
  • Jul 8, 2022
    The Russian Navy has successfully blockaded ports and launched missiles against targets across Ukraine. But it has also taken losses.
  • Jun 23, 2022
    How would American foreign policy look different today if Trump’s attempted coup had succeeded? Had Trump held onto power we could today be looking at a...
  • Jun 9, 2022
    How goes the technology war against Russia? Immediately after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, the United States and an alliance of other countries established...
  • Jun 6, 2022
    Either Russia or Ukraine could restore maneuver to the battlefield in spectacular ways, in part because of the impact of attrition.
  • May 3, 2022
    On the occasion of the sinking of the Moskva, it is worth spending a moment thinking about how the Great Powers of the Black Sea waged naval war against one...
  • Apr 23, 2022
    How should the West use its influence over Ukraine to bring about a negotiated settlement? In the wake of the Russian failure to seize...
  • Apr 11, 2022
    What’s up with India? India has been the lone voice of dissent in the Quad on the question of Russian behavior in Ukraine, or at least the only member that has...
  • Mar 28, 2022
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may transform the global arms export market, leaving Moscow isolated and making Beijing a key player in the arms trade.  
  • Mar 24, 2022
    How long can Russia afford to fight? The campaign of economic sanctionsthat have fallen upon the Russian economy was designed first as a deterrent, now as a punishment. It will...
  • Mar 9, 2022
    Last week, German Chancellor Olag Scholz made a shocking announcement, declaring that Germany would massively increase its defense spending in response to the Russian...
  • Mar 4, 2022
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left the media grasping for parallels. Mechanized wars of maneuver spanning entire countries have, fortunately, become rather rare....
  • Feb 17, 2022
    If Russia launches a war against Ukraine, it will be far from the first time even in recent memory that the country has known violence. Many parts of the world suffered...
  • Jan 4, 2022
    Entering 2022, the world looks more dangerous than it has at any time since the late 1980s. Real conflicts of interest in Eastern Europe and the East China Sea have set the...