The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors’ Seminar with Meghan O’Sullivan, IOP fellow and former Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan on Thursday, October 11th, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is currently a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Until September of 2007, Dr. O’Sullivan had been Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan.  At the request of President Bush, the US Ambassador and Commanding General, Dr. O’Sullivan spent from June to September of 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq; during which time she worked with the Embassy and the Iraqi leadership to help forge compromises on legislation that were key to national reconciliation.  

Prior to being named Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. O’Sullivan was with the National Security Council staff as the Senior Director for Strategic Planning for Southwest Asia.  Before joining the NSC, Meghan was the political advisor to the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Deputy Director for Governance in Baghdad from April 2003 to June 2004.  Dr. O’Sullivan worked on national political issues, such as the creation of the Transitional Administrative Law, and the formation of the Iraqi Interim Government.  From November 2001 to March 2003, Meghan worked at the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, where she was the chief advisor to the presidential envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, and helped advance efforts to promote reform in the Muslim world.  

Dr. O’Sullivan was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 1998-2001; during that time she was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.  While at Brookings, Dr. O’Sullivan published several books and articles on American foreign policy, including Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism.  

Dr. O’Sullivan received a B.A. from Georgetown University; and her masters of science in Economics and a doctorate in Politics from Oxford University.

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