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Paula Dobriansky

CSIF Board of Advisors

Biography:

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

She is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. From 2010-2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. During this time, she also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy.

From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Among her primary achievements, she established and led the U.S.-India, U.S.-China, and U.S.-Brazil Global Issues Fora -- which advanced crucial work and international cooperation on environment, health, development and humanitarian issues.

In February 2007, as the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Dobriansky contributed to the historic devolution of power in Belfast. For her leadership and policy contributions, she received the Secretary of State's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. From 1997 - 2001, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council’s first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Her other high level government appointments include Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the 1985 U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997-2001, she served on the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Ambassador Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University. She has been interviewed widely on television and radio and has testified frequently before the Senate Foreign Relations and House International Relations Committees.

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

She is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. From 2010-2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. During this time, she also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy.

From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Among her primary achievements, she established and led the U.S.-India, U.S.-China, and U.S.-Brazil Global Issues Fora -- which advanced crucial work and international cooperation on environment, health, development and humanitarian issues.

In February 2007, as the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Dobriansky contributed to the historic devolution of power in Belfast. For her leadership and policy contributions, she received the Secretary of State's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. From 1997 - 2001, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council’s first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Her other high level government appointments include Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the 1985 U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997-2001, she served on the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Ambassador Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University. She has been interviewed widely on television and radio and has testified frequently before the Senate Foreign Relations and House International Relations Committees.