Andrea R. Mihailescu serves as a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. Ms. Mihailescu is currently on sabbatical from the U.S. Department of State teaching Sanctions in International Relations at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Andrea was a Member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the Department working on sanctions and CFIUS issues. In that role, Andrea provided analytic policy recommendations and alternative courses of action to advance more effective U.S. sanctions policy and national security priorities. Prior to that, she worked on a detail assignment to the Department of Defense to support Secretary Mattis on securing a multi-billion Special Measures Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Korea. Before the Pentagon assignment, Andrea was the senior advisor on North Korea sanctions issues to Ambassador Dan Fried in the Office of the Coordination for Sanctions Policy where she helped lead the effort in designing the North Korea pressure campaign. Andrea was also an economic intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research supporting senior State Department policymakers by identifying economic pressure points in the Iranian regime. In that role, Andrea’s intelligence assessments were often included in the President’s Daily Brief and other senior level U.S. intelligence products. She also served as a backup briefer to the President’s Daily Brief. Before joining government, Andrea was a freelance journalist covering oil and gas issues. 

Andrea was a Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholar. She is a graduate of The George Washington University (MBA), American University (MA), and University of Connecticut (BA).