The Contemporary China Lecture Series features renowned scholars and experts from the United States and abroad across the fields of Sinology, politics, security studies, economics, sociology, and history. In light of China's growing presence and power in the world, each expert will offer their analysis of the role China will play in the 21st century and its impact on the U.S.-China relationship and the global order. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the School of Foreign Service, the Asian Studies Program, and the Mortara Center for International Studies.
On December 2nd, 2015 Professor Taylor Fravel, Associate Professor of Political Science and a member of the Security Studies Program at MIT gave a talk entitled “Explaining the Evolution of China’s Military Strategy”
This talk examined when, why and how China has adopted major changes in its military strategy since 1949. As a late modernizer, China has pursued major change in its military strategy in response to changes in the conduct of warfare in the international system, but only when the Chinese Communist Party leadership is unified and delegates responsibility for military affairs to senior officers in the People’s Liberation Army.