- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict and peace
- Peace and development
Dr Lora Saalman is Director of and a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI China and Global Security Programme. 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 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 expanded her portfolio to cover cybersecurity issues with technical training on hacker tools, exploits and incident handling, as well as ICS/SCADA security essentials. She began Chinese language studies in 1990 and has a decade of experience studying and working in China.
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 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 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’ Center for East Asian Studies and Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, CA, she earned a one-year fellowship to work at the Division of Safeguards Information Technology at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
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