Oriana Skylar Mastro

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Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Jeane Kirkpatrick Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). She is the author of the forthcoming Cornell University Press book, The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Can India Help the United States Against China?

Editor’s Note: As the United States struggles to contain a rising China—a top priority under any administration—many strategists look to India. They hope that close U.S. relations with New Delhi and India's own military strength will be an important pillar of regional containment. Oriana Mastro, my colleague at Georgetown, warns that relying on India will be harder than it seems and that the United States will need to move carefully to extract maximum strategic benefit.

Daniel Byman

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Foreign Policy Essay

Can China Stop Wars Once They Start?

Editor’s Note: Tension between the United States and China is rising, and several problems in the region could even lead to war—a frightening risk that deserves serious attention. Oriana Mastro, my colleague at Georgetown, looks at an even harder question: If China is involved in a war, how might it end? She explores China's war termination behavior and concludes that Beijing evinces a number of characteristics that will make it harder to end wars once they start.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: Why China Will Become a Global Military Power

Editor’s Note: Last week we discussed the rise of China’s economy and why some U.S. fears of Chinese dominance might be overstated. Yet regardless of the speed of China’s economic growth, its military modernization and growing power projection capabilities make it an increasingly formidable challenger to the United States in East Asia. Yet here too concerns might be overstated. My Georgetown colleague Oriana Skylar Mastro contends that China is not likely to equal the United States militarily.