Samm Sacks is a Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America. Her research focuses on Chinese technology and cyber policies. She has published reports and commentaries on issues including the U.S.-China tech relationship, how Chinese standards impact doing business in China, and the global expansion of Chinese tech companies. Her research is also widely cited as pivotal to understanding China’s emerging data policy regime. Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to CSIS, she launched the industrial cyber business for Siemens in Asia, focusing on energy sector cybersecurity markets in Japan, South Korea, and China. Previously, she led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group. She worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Defense Group Inc., where she advised senior U.S. government officials on China’s science and technology (S&T) development. She reads and speaks Mandarin and is a frequent contributor to print and TV media, including Axios, CNN, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Politico, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Her articles have appeared in The Atlantic and Foreign Affairs, among other outlets. She has testified before Congress and speaks regularly before audiences from academia and research, policy, and the private sector. A former Fulbright scholar in Beijing, Sacks holds an M.A. from Yale University in International Relations and a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese Literature.

Last Updated: January 31, 2019



The Future of Huawei in Europe

Samm Sacks, Yixiang Xu & more
On October 9, the European Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity released their long-awaited risk assessment of the region’s 5G network. Written with input from all 28 European Union members, the report warned about a 5G supplier from...



What Do the Huawei Indictments Mean for the Future of Global Tech?

Adam Segal, Samm Sacks & more
The United States indictments against Huawei look set to significantly worsen already tense relations between China and the U.S. As America pressures allies to drop Huawei and other Chinese firms, U.S. and European officials point to China’s own...