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Honolulu International Forum featuring Oriana Skylar Mastro



Honolulu, Hawaii


Danger in the Strait: Challenges in Deterrence, Defense and How to Fix It

Oriana Skylar Mastro is a Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University where her research focuses on Chinese military and security policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, war termination, nuclear dynamics and coercive diplomacy. She is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and continues to serve in the United States Air Force Reserve for which she works as a strategic planner at INDOPACOM. For her contributions to U.S. strategy in Asia, she won the Individual Reservist of the Year Award in 2016. She has won a number of prestigious awards, including the 2016-2017 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship at the Council of Foreign Relations. She has published widely, including in International SecurityForeign AffairsThe New York TimesInternational Studies ReviewJournal of Strategic StudiesThe Washington QuarterlySurvival, and Asian Security. Her book, The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime, (Cornell University Press, 2019), won the 2020 American Political Science Association International Security Section Best Book by an Untenured Faculty Member. 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 at and on twitter @osmastro.