Michael Mazza is a research fellow in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he analyzes US defense policy in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese military modernization, cross–Taiwan Strait relations, and Korean Peninsula security. A regular writer for the AEIdeas blog, he is also the program manager of AEI’s annual Executive Program on National Security Policy and Strategy.

Mazza has contributed to numerous AEI studies on American grand strategy in Asia, US defense strategy in the Asia-Pacific, and Taiwanese defense strategy, and his published work includes pieces in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Los Angeles Times, and The Weekly Standard. Mazza was recognized as a 2010-11 Foreign Policy Initiative Future Leader.

Mazza has an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies and a B.A. in history from Cornell University. He has lived in China where he attended an inter-university program for Chinese language studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.


• Program Manager, Executive Program on National Security Policy and Strategy, 2010–present; Research Assistant, 2008–10, AEI
• Policy Analyst Assistant, Hicks & Associates Inc., SAIC, 2008
• Intern, Riskline Ltd., 2007
• 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