Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She is a Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Vice Chair of the National Executive Committee, US Water Partnership. From 2010 to 2012, she was the senior vice president and global head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, responsible for designing and implementing a corporate approach for engagement in Washington, DC and other key capitals around the globe. She was instrumental in the development of Thomson Reuters’ financial regulatory strategy. During this time, she also held the distinguished national security chair at the US Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as undersecretary of state for Global Affairs. During this time, she established and led the US-India, US-China, and US- Brazil Global Issues Fora. In February 2007, as the president's special 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. From 1997 to 2001, she served as the senior vice president and director of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Dobriansky is member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on various boards, including the Smith-Richardson Foundation, IDS International, and the Atlantic Council. She is also a trustee of the Trilateral Commission, on the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Chair of the Bush Center's Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council. During her more than twenty-five years in national security affairs, Ambassador Dobriansky has held many Senate-confirmed and senior-level positions in the US government, including associate director for policy and programs at the United States Information Agency, deputy assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs, and deputy head of the US Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), among others. Ambassador Dobriansky received a BSFS 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.