Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where her research focuses on Chinese military and security policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, war termination, and coercive diplomacy.  In 2017-2018, she is a Jeane Kirkpatrick Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  Mastro also serves in the United States Air Force Reserve assigned to Pacific Air Forces as a Political-Military Affairs Strategist where she earned the Individual Reservist of the Year Award in 2016. Previously, Mastro was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security program at the Center for a New American Security, a University of Virginia Miller Center National Fellow, a Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum Sasakawa Peace Fellow, and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University. Additionally, she has worked on China policy issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, RAND Corporation, U.S. Pacific Command, and Project 2049. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University. Her publications and other commentary can be found on her personal website.

Last Updated: December 20, 2017



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