Meghan O'Sullivan

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Meghan 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.  She is also the Chair of the North American Group of the Trilateral Commission. She is an award-winning author and her third book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2017.  Dr. O’Sullivan has extensive experience in policy formulation and in negotiation.  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. 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.  Dr. O’Sullivan is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.  She is on the board of United Technologies, a consultant to energy companies, and a member of the International Advisory Group for the British law firm, Linklaters.  She is a trustee of both the German Marshall Fund and the Friends of Inter Mediate, a UK-based non-profit focused on resolving deadly conflicts.  She is a member of the board of The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization helping veterans, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, and on the advisory committee for the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. She was a Henry Crown Fellow from 2015-2017 and a Henry Luce Fellow from 1991-1992.  Professor O’Sullivan was awarded the Defense Department's highest honor for civilians and, three times, the State Department's Superior Honor Award. In 2008, Esquire Magazine named her one of the most influential people of the century. She has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a masters and doctorate from Oxford University.