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Paula J. Dobriansky

Paula J. Dobriansky

Former Undersecretary of State, Democracy and Global Affairs; Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council Chair

Paula J. Dobriansky holds the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy and is an adjunct senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, she was senior vice president and global head of government and regulatory affairs at Thomson Reuters.

From May 2001 to January 2009, Dobriansky served as undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs; in February 2007, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to be special envoy to Northern Ireland. She received the secretary of state’s Distinguished Service Medal for her work.

In other government roles, Dobriansky served on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, to which she was appointed by the president, and as Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council.

Outside of government, Dobriansky was senior vice president and director of the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was the Council’s first George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies.

She received a bachelor of science in foreign service, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political and military affairs from Harvard University.