Meghan O'Sullivan

Harvard University's Kennedy School

Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is an educator, a writer, a former policymaker and diplomat, and an advisor to companies and governments. She is currently 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 North American Chair of the Trilateral Commission. Meghan 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 in 2017. Dr. O’Sullivan has extensive experience in policy formulation and in negotiation, including serving as special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. 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. Meghan is on the board of Raytheon Technologies and the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a senior advisor at Macro Advisory Partners, where she co-heads the Energy Transition Advisory Practice. She is also a member of the International Advisory Group for the British law firm, Linklaters, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and a consultant to energy companies. She is a trustee of the International Crisis Group and a member of the board of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization helping veterans. She was a 2015 Henry Crown Fellow and a 1991 Henry Luce Fellow in Indonesia. Meghan was awarded the Defense Department’s highest honor for civilians and, three times, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. She has a BA from Georgetown University and a masters and doctorate from Oxford University.

Sessions With Meghan O'Sullivan

Monday, 7 March

  • 05:00pm - 05:40pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 11:00 pm - 07/mar/2022 11:40 pm

    Geopolitics: World in turmoil

    Panel Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory
    This year presents prospects of a centrifugal world dynamic that pulls countries apart politically, heightening security concerns and economic tensions. The character of the United States-China relationship may define the course of global leadership for the twenty-first century. Russia’s conflict with Ukraine could rattle Europe’s security and economic future in ways not seen since the end of the Cold War. International cooperation has faltered in the Middle East. Will the domestic politics of major powers continue to accelerate these centrifugal forces? Are hot wars inevitable? Or can international leaders and institutions create pathways to stability? 

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 02:25pm - 03:05pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 08:25 pm - 09/mar/2022 09:05 pm

    Erupting Conflicts & Green Upheaval: Where energy transition & geopolitics collide

    Panel Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory

    Energy crises, hot and simmering conflicts, and disruptive politics and geopolitics during renewable energy deployment may reshape both global security structures and the pace and course of energy transition. The concept of a just transition is entrenched in climate diplomacy, but what is just for countries in Eastern Europe or Asia that must upend their coal economies, or for Africa, if it cannot develop its gas reserves to reduce dependence on diesel and firewood? If investments in oil and gas contract sharply when driving and flying habits change slowly, will market power concentrate in Russia and the Middle East? Could political backlash on high gasoline and electricity prices rattle commitments to net zero? What can we learn from energy shortfalls affecting the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its impact on European cohesion? Should the concentration of inputs for renewable power, batteries, and electric vehicles (EVs) concern governments as national security risks?