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

GATES LIKELY TO CUT MORE PROGRAMS?

In an earlier discussion of the defense budget, I mentioned that the Marine Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle had been exempted from the cuts. This was curious, because the EFV is over-budget and effectiveness-challenged. The motivating concept of the EFV is that the Marine Corps needs an armored vehicle that can move fast on land and in the water, all while carrying a gun and a squad of Marines.

HERE'S WHAT WON'T SOLVE PIRACY.

The Good: Dutch commandos operating under NATO authority raid a pirate ship and rescue 20 Yemeni fishermen.
The Bad: The Dutch then release seven captured pirates because NATO has no authority to arrest pirates.

MANAGING NORTH KOREA.

I'll admit to suffering a John Bolton moment at the news that North Korea had, once again, threatened to drop out of the Six Party talks and restart its nuclear program. This nonsense will never end; it's pretty clear that the North Korean leadership hasn't the faintest interest in good faith negotiation. Is the answer, then, to break off any further contact with North Korea, and let the chips fall as they may?

AND A SPECIAL PIRATE ROUND-UP.

There's an avalanche of piracy related material today. Noah Shachtman has a fabulous rundown of what's wrong with several of the major proposed solutions for fighting piracy. Dave Schuler does pretty much the same bit, and comes to the same conclusions. Long story short, the super-simple proposal you've developed for ending piracy has probably already been thought of, and probably has a host of problems that you haven't considered.

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