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Indo_China border

Analysis + Opinion

June 9, 2020

Tension high, altitude higher: Logistical and physiological constraints on the Indo-Chinese border

Are India and China on the path to war in the Himalayas? Or will recent tensions over their disputed border fade into history like dozens of other standoffs that were resolved diplomatically? Aidan Milliff explores the issues in a recent War on the Rocks essay.

Screenshot of Taylor Fravel speaking during TV interview

In the News

June 5, 2020

Pan-India News 18 poll on India-China standoff: Here’s what it means according to experts

Parikshit LuthraCNBC-TV18

CNBC-TV18’s Parikshit Luthra is joined by M Taylor Fravel, director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kanwal Sibal, former secretary, and Jayant Dasgupta, former Indian ambassador to WTO, to discuss about India-China relations and border skirmishes.

In the News

June 5, 2020

Fingers, boots, and lines: Understanding the 2020 India-China border tensions

Ankit PandaThe Diplomat

The Diplomat’s Asia Geopolitics podcast host Ankit Panda speaks to M Taylor Fravel, the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about the ongoing India-China tensions along the Line of Actual Control.

Headshot of Jim Walsh

In the News

June 4, 2020

Mattis calls out clearing protesters outside White House 'abuse of executive authority'

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis has called the decision to clear peaceful protesters from outside the White House this week an "abuse of executive authority." Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about the incident.

The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Manila Bay in 2018.Credit...Bullit Marquez/Associated Press

In the News

June 2, 2020

Philippines backs off threat to terminate military pact with US

Jason GutierrezThe New York Times

M Taylor Fravel quoted: “In light of China’s continued assertion of its historic rights in Vietnamese and Malaysian waters over the last year, Manila may have concluded that its previous rapprochement with Beijing would not protect Philippine interests,” said M Taylor Fravel, a political-science professor who is director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Indian schoolgirl wears a face mask of Chinese President Xi Jinping

Analysis + Opinion

June 2, 2020

Why are China and India skirmishing at their border? Here’s 4 things to know.

M Taylor FravelThe Washington Post

Here’s what we know— and don’t know—about China’s recent actions in this long-standing territorial dispute. 

In the News

May 29, 2020

Experts explain: What triggered China’s recent LAC moves?

Sushant SinghThe Indian Express

M Taylor Fravel quoted: “China’s actions are hard to decipher, especially in the absence of any authoritative statements from Beijing.  The simplest explanation perhaps is that China is responding to India’s efforts to bolster border-area infrastructure in Ladakh after the completion of the DSDBO road. After India’s move into Doklam in 2017, China is perhaps especially sensitive to Indian activity along the disputed border. Around Galwan, in particular, China may be seeking to pre-empt an Indian effort to improve its links to the LAC”, he added.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wearing face mask

In the News

May 28, 2020

What do the IG firings say about American democracy?

WBUR On Point

The president has fired at least five inspectors general. It may be his right, but what does it say about political accountability and American democracy? Joel Brenner weighs in.

In the News

May 28, 2020

Chinese aggression in Ladakh also a message for domestic and external audience: Experts

Snehesh Alex PhilipThe Print

M Taylor Fravel quoted: “While I don’t think this alone would lead China to create an incident with India, I do think it helps to explain the scope, scale, and posture of China’s response,” he said. “In many issues this spring, China has sought to signal its resolve, especially when sovereignty is involved — Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea.”

In the News

May 28, 2020

Robert Art retires as director of the Seminar XXI Program

Michelle EnglishMIT News

Robert Art is stepping down as director of the Seminar XXI Program, a post-graduate education program in the national security arena that has inspired graduates to apply the compelling insights of social science to the most pressing challenges of our times.

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