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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy Since 1949

M. Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science; Director, Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Since 1949, China has adopted nine national military strategies, which govern how the PLA plans and prepares for war. This talk will review these strategies and explain when the PLA initiated major changes in military strategy

M. Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Fravel studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China, and East Asia. His books include "Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes" (Princeton University Press, 2008) and "Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949" (Princeton University Press, 2019). His other publications have appeared in "International Security," "Foreign Affairs," "Security Studies," "International Studies Review," "The China Quarterly," "The Washington Quarterly," "Journal of Strategic Studies," "Armed Forces & Society," "Current History," "Asian Survey," "Asian Security," "China Leadership Monitor," and "Contemporary Southeast Asia." Professor Fravel is a graduate of Middlebury College and Stanford University, where he received his PhD. He also has graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2016, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation. Professor Fravel is a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and serves as the Principal Investigator for the Maritime Awareness Project.

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