Dr. Lora Saalman

Dr. Lora Saalman

Vice President, The Asia-Pacific Program at the EastWest Institute

Dr Lora Saalman is Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Program at the EastWest Institute. Her research focuses on China’s cyber, nuclear and advanced conventional weapon developments in relation to India, Russia and the United States. She completed her PhD at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she was the first American to earn a doctorate from its Department of International Relations. Her doctoral studies and dissertation on the impact of U.S. and European sanctions on China’s and India’s military modernization were conducted entirely in Chinese. She has taught on related topics at Tsinghua University and at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, where she covered cybersecurity issues after having undergone technical training on hacker tools, exploits and incident handling, as well as ICS/SCADA security essentials. She has lectured widely on cybersecurity trends in the Asia-Pacific region and has written on the topic with "Integrating Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure: National, Regional and International Approaches," “Rethinking China-Russia-U.S. Deterrence in Cyberspace,” “From Backdoor to Bridge: Japan as a Western Power in Cyberspace,” “New Domains of Crossover and Concern in Cyberspace,” “Little Grey Men: China and the Ukraine Crisis,” and “Pouring ‘New’ Wine into New Bottles: China-US Deterrence in Cyberspace."

Among the first batch of Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows, Dr. Saalman was based in Beijing with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy as an Associate within the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During her tenure, she headed seminar series for senior and emerging experts on China and Arms Control, China and South Asia, as well as China and Russia. She also served as an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University teaching courses in Chinese and English on Sino-Indian relations and diplomacy. Prior to this, she served as a Research Associate at the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control in Washington, DC, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, DC. While at the Monterey Institute of International Studies she earned a one-year fellowship to work at the Division of Safeguards Information Technology at the International Atomic Energy Agency.