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Taylor Fravel
Taylor
Fravel
Associate Professor of Political Science
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Biography

M. Taylor Fravel is Associate Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT. Taylor’s first book, Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China’s Territorial Disputes, was published by Princeton University Press in 2008. He is currently completing a book-length study of major change in China's military strategy since 1949, entitled Active Defense: Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy. His other publications have appeared in International SecurityForeign AffairsSecurity StudiesInternational Studies ReviewThe China QuarterlyThe Washington QuarterlyJournal of Strategic StudiesArmed Forces & SocietyCurrent HistoryAsian SurveyAsian SecurityChina Leadership Monitor, and Contemporary Southeast Asia. His research has been supported by various organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Taylor 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. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Studies QuarterlySecurity StudiesJournal of Strategic Studies, and The China Quarterly.  Taylor 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 co-sponsored by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.  In 2016, he was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation.

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Publications|Selected Publications

M. Taylor Fravel, "Explaining China's Escalation over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands," Global Summitry, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2016)

 

M. Taylor Fravel, "China's Changing Approach to Military Strategy: The Science of Military Strategy from 2001 to 2013," China's Evolving Military Strategy, ed. Joe McReynolds (Washington, DC: Brookings Press, 2016)

 

M. Taylor Fravel and Fiona S. Cunningham, "Assuring Assured Retaliation: China's Nuclear Posture and U.S.-China Strategic Stability," International Security, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Fall 2015)

 

M. Taylor Fravel, "The PLA and National Security Decisionmaking: Insights from China's Territorial and Maritime Disputes," PLA Influence On China's National Security Policymaking, Phillip C. Saunders and Andrew Scobel, eds. (Stanford University Press, 2015)

 

M. Taylor Fravel and Christopher P. Twomey, "Projecting Strategy: The Myth of Chinese Counter-Intervention," The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Winter 2015)

 

M. Taylor Fravel, "Things Fall Apart: Maritime Disputes and China's Regional Diplomacy," China's Challenges: The Road Ahead, Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)

 

M. Taylor Fravel, "Territorial and Maritime Boundary Disputes in Asia," Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia, Saadia Pekkanen, Rosemary Food, and John Ravenhill eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

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Media

TV/Radio:

WBUR, Morning Edition, July 13, 2016, Will Hague Tribunal's South China Sea Ruling Inflame U.S-China Tensions?

Press:

Quoted extensively, with Fiona Cunningham, in "Why U.S. Antimissile System in South Korea Worries China," New York TImes, March 11, 2017.

Quoted in "China's nuclear missile policy put under strain by US plan," CNBC, February 9, 2017.

Quoted in "Chinese ships cruise disputed Japanese islands: How will the US respond?" Christian Science Monitor, February 7, 2017.

Quoted in "Will Tillerson back up tough talk on the South China Sea?" DW.com, February 2, 2017.

Quoted in "China and the South China Sea: Can the US stop Chinese expansion?" CQ Researcher, January 20, 2017.

Quoted in "Xi Jinping Becomes an Unlikely Advocate of Free Trade at Davos," time.com, January 17, 2017.

Quoted in "Rex Tillerson's South China Sea Proposal Won't Work," The Diplomat, January 14, 2017.

Quoted in "For China, Tillerson's South China Sea remarks increase concerns over Trump," Christian Science Monitor, January 13, 2017.

Quoted in "No, China Did Not Target a US Carrier With Ballistic Missiles Last Summer," The Diplomat, January 5, 2017.

Quoted in "China to Return Seized Underwater Drone," Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2016.

Quoted in "U.S. Demands Return of Drone Seized by Chinese Warship," New York Times, December 16, 2016.

Quoted in "China flexes muscles: Western border command stages massive drill," Indiatoday.com," December 8, 2016.

Quoted in "Prominent retired Chinese colonel sees world heading for 'Amerexit'," The Globe and Mail, November 2, 2016.

Quoted in "Photos show China building hangars in West PH Sea," rappler.com, August 10, 2016.

Quoted in "New Photos Cast Doubt on China's Vow Not to Militarize Disputed Islands," New York Times, August 8, 2016.

Quoted in "Why did China fly 'combat patrols' over the Spratly Islands?" Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2016.

Quoted in "Territorial dispute between China, American allies could hit Washingtonians in the wallet," komonews.com, July 28, 2016.

Quoted in "Will the U.S. Go to War with China Over the South China Sea?" moneymorning.com, July 13, 2016.

Quoted in "Beijing's South China Sea claims invalid: tribunal," AFP, July 13, 2016.

Quoted in "Tribunal rules against Chinese claims in South China Sea," USA Today, July 12, 2016.

Quoted in "The Hague tribunal: the hard work starts now," aie.org, July 12, 2016.

Quoted in "Hague rejects China's S. China Sea claim: how it could shape future disputes," Christian Science Monitor, July 12, 2016.

Quoted in "Disputing the South China Sea mythology," Business Standard, July 11, 2016.

Quoted in "Actually, China Is Not Building a Great Wall of Self-Isolation," thediplomat.com, June 1, 2016.

Quoted in "China, US Butt Heads Over Nuclear Talks," thediplomat.com, May 24, 2016.

Quoted in "Did China Really Test a MIRV-Capable ICBM Near the South China Sea?" thediplomat.com, April 23, 2016.

Quoted in "The new red army," India Today, February 11, 2016.

Quoted in "Chinese oil rig's return in South China Sea, off the coast of Vietnam, touches nerve in Hanoi," South China Morning Post, January 26, 2016

MIT News article: "M. Taylor Fravel advises U.S. government officials on South China Sea disputes," December 11, 2015.

Quoted in "Washington's Muddled Message in the South China Sea," foreignpolicy.com, November 5, 2015.

Quoted in "China Pushes Back Against U.S. Influence in the Seas of East Asia," New York Times, October 28, 2015.

Quoted in "After Years of Delays, U.S. Teams Seek to Recover WWII Remains in India," WUNC public radio, October 28, 2015.

Quoted in "U.S. dispatches warship to challenge China's artificial islands," foreignpolicy.com, October 26, 2015.

Quoted in "U.S. Patrols to Test China's Pledge on South China Sea Islands," Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2015.

Quoted in "President Xi: China Is Not Militarizing South China Sea," ValueWalk.com, September 30, 2015.

Quoted in "China's President Pledges No Militarization in Disputed Islands," Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015.

Quoted in "Chinese Naval Ships Came Within 12 Nautical Miles of U.S. Coast," The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2015.

Quoted in "China's anti-carrier missile 'trump card'," The Japan News, September 4, 2015.

Quoted in "Military Parade in China Gives Xi Jinping a Platform to Show Grip on Power," New York Times, September 3, 2015.

Quoted in "China Announces Cuts of 300,000 Troops at Military Parade Showing Its Might," New York Times, September 2, 2015.

Commentator in audio version: "If China militarizes the South China Sea, the US 'will have' to respond," PRI.org, May 27, 2015.

Quoted in "China's not building islands for mere economic gain," NPR's Marketplace, May 15, 2015.

Quoted in "U.S. Gambit Risks Conflict With China," Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2015.

Quoted in "Chinese and US navies in sporting confrontations," Agence France-Press (AFP), April 21, 2015.

Quoted in "China's New Airstrip in the South China Sea is Almost Completed," foreignpolicy.com, April 16, 2015.

Quoted in "Reefer Madness: Why is China on a Building Spree in the South China Sea?" foreignpolicy.com, February 20, 2015.

 

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