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Paula J. Dobriansky


Paula J. Dobriansky is a BPC fellow. She previously served as co-chair of BPC’s Stabilizing Fragile States Initiative. From 2001 to 2009, Dobriansky served as under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs. Among her primary accomplishments at the State Department, she established and led the U.S.-India, U.S.-China, and U.S.-Brazil Global Issues Fora. Additionally, she was head of delegation and lead negotiator on U.S. climate change policy.

Dobriansky is currently a senior fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and vice chairman of the National Executive Committee of the U.S Water Partnership.

From 2010 to 2012, Dobriansky was senior vice president and global head of government and regulatory affairs at Thomson Reuters. During this time, she was also appointed as the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy.

In February 2007, as the president’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, 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- 2001, Dobriansky served as senior vice president and director of the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She also served on the presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, Dobriansky serves on various boards, including the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Atlantic Council, and Freedom House. She is also a trustee of the Trilateral Commission and serves on the board of visitors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

She received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.