“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
The Office of Career Advancement and the Future of Diplomacy Project host a career event with special guest Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and Belfer Center Future of Diplomacy Senior Fellow. Ambassador Dobriansky will speak about her personal career trajectory and key decision points.
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. During her more than 25 years in government, she held Senate confirmed, high level positions including Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (2001-2009); Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the White House National Security Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs; Associate Director for Policy and Programs (USIA); and Deputy Head of Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. As the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland (2007-2009), Ambassador Dobriansky received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast. From 1997- 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies. During this time, she also served on the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Ambassador Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.