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 addresses critical questions at the intersection of interstate conflict, great power competition, and the challenges of rising powers, with a focus on China and East Asian security. This year, she is a Jeane Kirkpatrick Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where she is working on a book about China's challenge to U.S. primacy. Mastro also continues to serve as an Officer in the United States Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a Senior China Analyst at the Pentagon. For her contributions to U.S. strategy in Asia, she won the Individual Reservist of the Year Award in 2016. She is the author of the forthcoming Cornell University Press book, The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime. 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 research and commentary can be found at her personal website or on twitter @osmastro.

Last Updated: December 13, 2018

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