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Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power
Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Friday, September 8, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

In conversation with Ken Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

4:30 PM Reception
5:00 PM Program & Book Signing

Dr. Meghan O’Sullivan’s impressive career in public service has taken her deep into many American issues, i.e., Iraq, Afghanistan and energy. The challenging responsibilities have included being both “in the field” and in the George W. Bush White House.

These “inside-the-issues” vantage points provided the authoritative information that is the foundation for her latest book, the critically praised Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power.

Dr. O’Sullivan’s World Affairs Council program on Friday, September 8, at the Hotel Crescent Court will also include a conversation moderated by Ken Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Mr. Hersh is also Co-Founder and Advisory Partner of NGP Energy Capital Management.

The respected Kirkus Reviews described Windfall as “a lucid and provocative look at the geopolitics of energy and the shifts and dislocations it is likely to produce.”

Dr. O’Sullivan has received the Defense Department’s highest honor for civilians, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, and she has been presented the State Department’s Superior Honor Award three times. Her official biography cites her expertise in the fields of “the geopolitics of energy, decision making in foreign policy, nation-building, counterinsurgency and the Middle East.”

She is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In the George W. Bush administration, Dr. O’Sullivan served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor of Iraq and Afghanistan. She helped run strategic policy reviews on Afghanistan and Iraq that “led to the ‘surge’ strategy.” Also, she spent two years in Iraq, her biography notes, “to help conclude the security agreement and strategic framework agreement” between the U.S. and Iraq.

Her varied public service experience includes serving as “senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia in the NSC; political advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator and deputy director for governance in Baghdad; chief advisor to the presidential envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process; and a fellow at the Brookings Institution.”

Dr. O’Sullivan is also the author of Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism (2003). She edited the book Honey and Vinegar: Incentives, Sanctions, and Foreign Policy (2000) with previous World Affairs Council speaker Richard Haass (“A World in Disarray,” February 2017).

Her biography also notes that Dr. O’Sullivan is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, an occasional columnist for Bloomberg View, and is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, the organization the Council works with to help business people understand European strategies and practices.

In addition to serving as a trustee for Friends of Inter Mediate, the UK-based non-profit focused on complex and dangerous world conflicts, she is on the Executive Committee of The Trilateral Commission and a member of the board of The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization that helps veterans.

She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and on the advisory committee for the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Dr. O’Sullivan earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and Masters Degree and Ph.D. from Oxford University.

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George Bush President

UT Dallas Energy Association

Location: Hotel Crescent Court, 200 Crescent Ct., Dallas, TX 75201
Fees: $25 Members, $40 Non-Members
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