Sale Lilly

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Senior Policy Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in modern Chinese studies, Oxford University; M.A. in economic & social history, Oxford University; B.S. in economics, U.S. Naval Academy

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Sale Lilly is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. His primary research interests are China’s economic development, Chinese soft power, distributed ledger technology (Blockchain) and business best practice in military systems. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Before joining RAND, Lilly worked in management consulting designing crisis simulations and wargames for Fortune 50 clients in banking and healthcare. Lilly also served for eight years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, working across Eurasia and Southwest Asia. He received his M.A. in economic and social history and M.A. in modern Chinese studies from Oxford University, and his B.S. in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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  • Senior policy analyst Sale Lilly reading a science fiction trilogy by Cixin Liu, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Where Chinese Science Fiction and RAND History Meet

    Senior policy analyst Sale Lilly read about renowned RAND researcher Bill Mathers in an award-winning Chinese science fiction trilogy—but somehow had never heard of him before.

    Sep 2, 2021 RAND Review

  • Representations of cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum, DogeCoin, Ripple, and Litecoin placed on a PC motherboard, June 29, 2021, photo by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    Cryptocurrency Should Be Added to the U.S.-Japan Trade Deal

    As the Biden administration begins to define its approach to international trade, and the Suga administration looks to further tighten cooperation with the United States, it may be worth reconsidering the exclusion of cryptocurrency from the U.S.-Japan trade deal. Substantial economic equities are at stake for both sides.

    Jul 28, 2021 Nikkei Asia

  • Mei-Ling Zhou, a character in the Blizzard-Activision game Overwatch, photo courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. ®2016 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. Overwatch is a trademark or registered trademark of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries

    Hong Kong's Digital Protests: Blizzard Case Could Be a Warning for Fortune 500 Companies

    Blizzard-Activision recently found itself drawn into the political controversy surrounding the Hong Kong protests. The experience could serve as a warning for other companies that could find themselves plunged into crisis-management mode by world events.

    Oct 29, 2019 Korea Times