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China’s Unusual Rise: How China Builds and Exercises Military Power, 1995-2020

Wed, October 12, 2022
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Oriana Skylar Mastro

How do rising countries like China build influence in a world dominated by more established powers? Whereas most experts assume that China has sought to emulate the U.S., Oriana Skylar Mastro, Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, argues that China has become powerful mainly through doing things differently. Beijing has exploited U.S. blind spots, maneuvered in areas of uncertainty, and engaged in what she calls “entrepreneurial” foreign policy. These findings have significant implications for understanding China's unique strategic approach—a necessary pursuit if the U.S. is to successfully engage in great power competition.

Dr. Mastro’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.

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, war termination, and coercive diplomacy. Mastro is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She continues to serve in the United States Air Force Reserve as a strategic planner at United States Indo-Pacific Command.

Mastro holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.

Dr. Mastro’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.

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