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Ambassador Paula Dobriansky

senior fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs, is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs and Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security. She brings over 30 years of government and international experience across senior levels of business, diplomacy, and the defense sector. She was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, and during this time, held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001-2009, she served as Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs and the President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland (2007-2009) receiving the Secretary of State’s highest honor the Distinguished Service Medal. She also served on the Defense Policy Board, the Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Board, Eximbank's Advisory Council and as Chair of Eximbank's Council on China Competition. Ambassador Dobriansky was Senior Vice President and Director of the CFR Washington Office and the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has received high-level international recognition from the governments of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary and Colombia.