Sam is joined by Oriana Skylar Mastro, Assistant Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and U.S. Air Force Reserve officer. Oriana’s new book “The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime” explores case studies of conflicts in Asia, laying out a framework to explain why states do not engage diplomatically with their adversaries.
Dr. Alessandro Arduino tells YCW about the role of private security companies in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the security hotspots on the horizon, and his new book, “China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road.”
President Xi Jinping has used military reforms to strengthen his command over the People’s Liberation Army. He uses personal connections to fill central positions within the military, says professor You Ji of Macau University in this new podcast interview from YCW Partner MERICS.