Robert Farley

Robert Farley is an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky. He contributes to the blogs Lawyers, Guns, and Money and TAPPED.

Recent Articles

PAKISTANI NUCLEAR SEIZURE SCENARIOS.

The New York Times features expert commentary this morning on scary scenarios regarding Pakistani nuclear weapons. Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen and Karen Von Hippel focus on the most dangerous scenarios, including the collapse of the Pakistani state and infiltration of the Pakistani nuclear services by the Taliban.

NATO EXERCISES WITH GEORGIA TO GO FORWARD.

A few details are emerging on the failed coup against Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. At a minimum, the coup plotters appear to have expected Russian assistance, but there's no hard evidence of prior Russian involvement. This doesn't, of course, mean that such prior involvement is impossible or unlikely, although opposition figures in Georgia are questioning the Russia connection, and even that the coup existed at all.

STATE SECRETS AND MILITARY PROCUREMENT.

The state-secrets privilege has been receiving an enormous amount of attention lately, mainly in connection with the Obama administration's invocation of the privilege in the Jeppesen case. This invocation, which recalled similar ones on the part of the Bush administration, incurred a substantial amount of criticism from civil libertarians and critics of Bush administration de

ATTEMPTED COUP IN GEORGIA?

Details are sketchy, but the Georgian government claims that it has foiled a coup, and blames the event on Russia:

Georgia said Tuesday that it had foiled a Russian-backed plot against the government as tensions rose a day before the scheduled start of NATO military exercises.

Georgian forces surrounded a tank unit that was alleged to be involved in the plot and President Mikheil Saakashvili entered the base to negotiate the unit’s surrender. In a televised address, Mr. Saakashvili said the plot was an attempt by Russia to derail the planned exercises, which he called a “symbolic event.”

SPREADING THE FAITH IN AFGHANISTAN.

This is less than ideal:

US soldiers have been encouraged to spread the message of their Christian faith among Afghanistan's predominantly Muslim population, video footage obtained by Al Jazeera appears to show.

Military chaplains stationed in the US air base at Bagram were also filmed with bibles printed in the country's main Pashto and Dari languages.

In one recorded sermon, Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Hensley, the chief of the US military chaplains in Afghanistan, is seen telling soldiers that as followers of Jesus Christ, they all have a responsibility "to be witnesses for him."

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