Meghan O'Sullivan

Harvard 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 also a member of the International Advisory Group for the British law firm, Linklaters, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a consultant to energy companies, and a Senior Advisor at WestExec Advisors. 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. 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, 1 March

  • 10:05am - 10:35am (CST) / 01/mar/2021 04:05 pm - 01/mar/2021 04:35 pm


    The Geopolitics of The New Map

    Panel Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory
    The United States seeks to move from polarization to internal unity and global leadership. Europe has launched itself to become the first net-zero continent. China has staked out an assertive role in setting the rules of trade and patterns of security in Asia. Iran has accelerated its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Russia could become a kingmaker or spoiler everywhere. What will top the Biden administration’s agenda? Is multilateralism a viable path to stability or an eclipsed force?