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Paula Dobriansky - Amb. Paula J. Dobriansky, Ph.D.

Amb. Paula J. Dobriansky, Ph.D.

Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs

Bio Current as of August 5, 2021

Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; Member, Concordia Leadership Council

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs, is a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

From 2001 to 2009, she served as Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. Among her primary accomplishments, she established and led the US-India, US-China, and US- Brazil Global Issues Fora. In February 2007, as the President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Dobriansky received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast.

During her more than twenty-five years in national security affairs, Ambassador Dobriansky has held Senate-confirmed, senior level positions in the U.S. government including Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency and Deputy Head, U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). From 1997 to 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow on Russian and Eurasian Studies. Ambassador Dobriansky received a BSFS summa cum laude in international politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, as well as an MA and PhD in Soviet political and military affairs from Harvard University.