Mohammad Salman is a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Research Centre for Migration, Diversity and Justice at the Brussels School of Governance. He hold a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2015), entitled ‘Strategic Hedging and Second-tier States: The Case of China’s Strategic Hedging'. He has established and led a programme to bring highly educated refugees on the fast track to a better future at VUB (from December 2015 till August 2017). He has been invited as an expert and a moderator in several conferences and seminars to discuss the role of public authorities in facilitating access to higher education to refugee students and staff, and how universities can organize themselves on the ground. Mohammad Salman currently works on research projects and prepares publications on Integration of Refugees in the EU. He is also a consultant for the European Commission in related to higher education refugees programmes and a member of the Advisory Board for a research project organized by ACA, DAAD and EDUFI under H2020’s Science4Refugees.
His research interests centre on the great powers’ politics under unipolarity, China-Middle East relations, China-U.S. relations, and the development of 'Strategic Hedging' as a new theory in International Relations. He has published his research in a number of journals, including Asian Politics & Policy, Chinese Political Science Review, and China Report. He is also a reviewer for several international academic journals such as International Political Science Review, Pacific Review, Third World Quarterly, and International Journal of Emerging Markets.