Oriana Skylar Mastro

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow


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Oriana Skylar Mastro is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also 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. She is also an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a political military strategist at Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).

Previously, Dr. Mastro was a fellow in the Asia-Pacific security program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a University of Virginia Miller Center National Fellow, a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Pacific Forum Sasakawa Peace Fellow, and a Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) Future Leader. Additionally, she has worked on China policy issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, RAND Corporation, U.S. Pacific Command, and Project 2049, and she has testified for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Dr. Mastro has published in several venues including the Journal of Strategic Studies, Asian Security, Asia Policy, Survival, National Interest, Washington Quarterly, Journal of Defence Studies, the Diplomat, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and Financial Times. She also co-edited Assessing the Threat: The Chinese Military and Taiwan’s Security (Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment, 2007). Highly proficient in Mandarin, she also worked at a Chinese valve-manufacturing firm in Beijing as a translator and has made appearances on a Chinese-language debate show. She holds a BA in East Asian studies from Stanford University and an MA and PhD in politics from Princeton University.