- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict and peace
- Peace and development
Dr Lora Saalman is an Associate Senior Fellow within SIPRI’s Armament and Disarmament and Conflict and Peace research areas and a Senior Fellow in the Global Cooperation in Cyberspace 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. Dr Saalman 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 US and European sanctions on China’s and India’s military modernization were conducted entirely in Chinese.
Since that time 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. 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.
Arms control; non-proliferation; cybersecurity; nuclear strategy; advanced conventional weapons; technology development; crossdomain deterrence
China, South Asia
PhD in International Relations, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; MA in International Policy Studies and Certificate in Non-proliferation, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA; BA with Honors in Anthropology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois