Transparency and China’s Military Build-up

Transparency and China’s Military Build-up

Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro as the dinner speaker

Wednesday, 8 April at 19:00 – 22:0030775

Naval and Military Club

The Policy Dinner Club is proud to announce that its next speaker will be Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro from Georgetown University, who will speak about the Chinese military spending and issues of transparency at the Naval and Military Club on the 8th of April. A dinner discussion will then ensue on the topic offered.

Despite the current optimism underlying the recent China-Japan-Korea trilateral meeting in Seoul this month, it is clear that there are deep systemic fissures in Northeast Asia, pushing the area towards open competition. One of the oft-repeated reasons for the growing tensions has been double digit growth in Chinese defense spending over the past 20 years and the lack of transparency in that spending. Dr. Mastro will speak on why Beijing’s strategic culture leads directly to this opaqueness and what impact it’s having on the wider region.

Who:         Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro

When:       19:00 April 8th, 2015

Where:      The Naval and Military Club (the “In&Out”)

As always, diners are picked on a first-come, first-served basis and come from academia, the media, and the foreign and security policy community. Diners pay for their own meal, and we all pay collectively for the Speaker’s dinner. Please also note that there is a dress code at the Club which diners are expected to adhere to. As is the usual custom, all remarks are off the record and discussion occurs in an equanimous atmosphere: diners disagree with each other without being disagreeable.

Speaker’s Biography

Orgiana Skylar Mastro is 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 in the US Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a reserve Air Attache for the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Mastro has worked in the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), RAND Corporation, and US PACOM. She holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an MA and PhD in politics from Princeton University.

She speaks Chinese.


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