Aspen Strategy Group

Meghan O'Sullivan

Meghan O'SullivanJeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard University
Director, Geopolitics Energy Project

Aspen Strategy Group


Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2013, she served as the vice chair of the All Party Talks in Northern Ireland, which sought to resolve on-going obstacles to peace. Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan during the last two years of her tenure. There, she helped run the 2006 strategic policy review on Iraq which led to the “surge” strategy. She spent two years in Iraq from 2003-2008. Dr. O’Sullivan is a columnist for Bloomberg View, an advisor to energy companies, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. She is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund and a member of the Trilateral Commission’s Executive Committee, the Aspen Strategy Group and on an advisory committee at the George W. Bush Institute. She has been awarded the Defense Department's highest honor for civilians and, three times, the State Department's Superior Honor Award. She has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a masters and doctorate from Oxford University.