Elina Noor

Associate Professor, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Elina Noor is Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. A native of Malaysia, Elina studies security developments in Southeast Asia. Her research areas are focused on preventing/countering violent extremism as well as the intersection of international security and international law with cyberspace.

Previously, she was Director, Foreign Policy & Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. While there, she worked closely with the Malaysian and other governments on a range of strategic and regional issues. She was also the Secretary of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, a 21-member Track Two regional security network. Prior to that, she 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.

Elina serves on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and is a member of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)’s roster of experts in supporting the UN’s work in building member states’ cyber-related capacity, upon request.  

Elina 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. She is a proud alum of the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program.