Ms. Elina Noor joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in April 2018. Her areas of focus at DKI APCSS are international security, international law, and cyberspace; countering violent extremism; and Southeast Asia.
Prior to arriving at DKI APCSS, she spent most of her career at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she last served as Director, Foreign Policy & Security Studies. While there, she worked closely with the Malaysian and other governments on a range of strategic and regional issues, including the Malaysian Cabinet-mandated national interest analysis on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She was also the Secretary of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, a 21-member Track Two regional security network.
Ms. Noor was a key team member of the Brookings Institution’s Project on US Relations with the Islamic World in its formative years post-September 11, 2001. Prior to that, she researched weapons of mass destruction terrorism at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Washington, DC.
Ms. Noor has convened roundtables on the intersection of technology, the private sector, and violent extremism, as well as provided in-country research support to a UN Office of Drugs and Crime study on human trafficking and information and communications technology. She has been actively involved in discussions on international security and cyber space through the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and the UN Group of Governmental Experts process as well as through various other Track Two and private sector-led forums. She sits on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace chaired by Marina Kaljurand, former foreign minister of Estonia and co-chaired by Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, and Latha Reddy, former Deputy National Security Adviser of India.
Ms. Noor read law at Oxford University and earned her Blue playing ice hockey there. She obtained an LL.M in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, graduating with distinction at the top of her class. A recipient of the Perdana (Malaysian Prime Minister’s) Fellowship, she also holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University where she was a Women in International Security scholar.