Mollie Saltskog is an Intelligence Analyst at The Soufan Group. She has global experience in international security, specifically on issues related to terrorism, geopolitics, and foreign policy. At The Soufan Group, Ms. Saltskog works on providing research and analysis on special projects relating to security matters around the globe, ranging from conflict analysis to geopolitics and counterterrorism.
Before joining The Soufan Group, Ms. Saltskog worked as a consultant for multiple organizations in the private security sector. Ms. Saltskog’s work focused on analyzing and identifying trends in conflicts, insurgencies, and international terrorism to advice clients and provide policy suggestions. As such, her portfolio of experiences includes work on projects related to the crisis in Ukraine, terrorism trends in China, terrorism financing, and the Syrian Civil War.
In her work, Ms. Saltskog was also client facing, briefing both private sector and government actors. She has presented on Salafi-Jihadist strategy at security conferences and in a private event for members of the diplomatic community. By invitation, Ms. Saltskog conducted a closed briefing for the European Defense Attachés in Beijing, China.
Beyond her professional experience, Ms. Saltskog is also deeply committed to academic research. In 2015, she was awarded the Emirates NBD Middle East Essay Price for her research on female recruitment in the al-Qa’ida organization. Ms. Saltskog has field research experience, and most recently spent time in Central Asia investigating the Belt and Road Initiative’s impact on religious extremism and political violence in the region.
Ms. Saltskog is a Schwarzman Scholar with a Master of Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Global Affairs from Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She speaks English, Swedish, and Mandarin.