When war breaks out, what factors influence the belligerents’ decisions about whether to talk to their enemy, and when may their position on wartime diplomacy change? How do we get from only fighting to also talking? AEI Jeane Kirkpatrick visiting scholar Oriana Skylar Mastro addresses these questions in her new book, “The Costs of Conversation,” which she joined Banter to discuss.

Then, how do we avoid war altogether on the Korean peninsula? And how will the ongoing US-China rivalry play out? Dr. Mastro tells us how to think about the second Trump-Kim summit.

Oriana Skylar Mastro is a Jeane Kirkpatrick visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where she focuses on Chinese military and security policy in the Asia-Pacific and rising power challenges to the international order. She is also assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and concurrently serves in the Pentagon as a China strategist.

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