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Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University's Kennedy School

Meghan L O'Sullivan

Dr. O'Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University's Kennedy School. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, she served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President from July 2004 to September 2007 and was Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan for the last two years of that time. 

Dr. O’Sullivan previously served as Deputy Director (Governance) for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq from March 2003 to July 2004 and in the State Department as principal advisor to the President’s Special Envoy to the Northern Ireland Peace Process from November 2001 to March 2003. She was a fellow at The Brookings Institution from October 1997 to October 2001.

Dr. O’Sullivan is an adjunct senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the German Marshall Fund. She serves as a director of the Mission Continues (a veterans advocacy organization), is a member of the advisory board for the Initiative on Women at the George W. Bush Institute and is on the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission. Dr. O’Sullivan was the recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Public Service from the U.S. Department of Defense, the highest award given to civilians, and a three-time recipient of Superior Honor Awards from the State Department. Dr. O’Sullivan is 48 and has been a UTC director since 2017.