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Meghan O'Sullivan

Meghan O'SullivanProfessor, Harvard University


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Meghan L. O'Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004-2007 at the National Security Council. She cumulatively spent two years in Iraq, including working for the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003-2004 and helping negotiate the bilateral security agreement between Iraq and the United States in the fall of 2008. She also worked in Policy Planning at the State Department, where she was the senior advisor to the special envoy to the Irish Peace Process and her portfolio included Iran, Libya, Syria, and relations with the Muslim world. Prior to her service in government, Dr. O’Sullivan was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and is the author of Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of TechnoServe and a columnist for Bloomberg. She received a B.A. from Georgetown University, and an M.Sc. in Economics and doctorate in Political Science from Oxford University. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.