Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, PhD, is a Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and vice chair of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Previously, she was senior vice president and global head of government and regulatory affairs at Thomson Reuters. She also held the distinguished national security chair at the US Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as undersecretary of state for global affairs. In 2007, as the president’s envoy to Northern Ireland, she contributed to the historic devolution of power in Belfast. For her leadership, she received the secretary of state’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. From 1997-2001, Ambassador Dobriansky 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 Eurasian Studies.  She serves on various boards, including IDS International, the Energy Innovation Reform Project, the Middle East Institute, and the Atlantic Council. She is also a trustee of the Trilateral Commission and on the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Previous boards include the Western NIS Enterprise Fund, National Endowment for Democracy (vice chair), Smith Richardson Foundation, and George Mason University Board of Visitors. She was a former chair of the national Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. She received a BSFS summa cum laude in international politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MA and PhD in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.

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