Currently the program manager for AEI’s annual Executive Program on National Security Policy and Strategy, Michael Mazza has studied and lived in China. At AEI, Mr. Mazza studies defense policy in the Asia-Pacific, as well as Chinese military modernization, cross-Strait relations, and security on the Korean peninsula. He also writes regularly for AEI’s Center for Defense Studies blog. In his previous capacity as a research assistant in AEI’s Foreign and Defense Policy Studies department, Mr. Mazza contributed to studies on American strategy in Asia and on Taiwanese defense strategy. He is a 2010-2011 Foreign Policy Initiative Future Leader.


  • Program Manager, Executive Program on National Security Policy and Strategy, 2010-present; Research Assistant, 2008-2010, American Enterprise Institute
  • Intern, Riskline Ltd., 2009
  • Policy Analyst Assistant, Hicks & Associates Inc., SAIC, 2008
  • Research Assistant, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2006


M.A., international relations (strategic studies and international economics), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Inter-university Program for Chinese Language Studies, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
B.A., history, Cornell University