- Fall 2007
Meghan L. O'Sullivan, PhD., was Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, a position she maintained from October 2005 to September 2007. O'Sullivan was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq for the summer of 2007 at the request of the President, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and the Commanding General.
Prior to this appointment, O'Sullivan was with the National Security Council staff as Senior Director for Iraq and Afghanistan since July 2004. Before joining the NSC, O'Sullivan was political advisor to the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Deputy Director for Governance in Baghdad, Iraq from April 2003 to June 2004. There, she worked on national political issues, such as the creation of the Transitional Administrative Law and the formation of the Iraqi Interim Government.
From November 2001 to March 2003, O'Sullivan worked at the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, where she was the chief advisor to the presidential envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process and helped advance efforts to promote reform in the Muslim world.
From 1998-2001, O'Sullivan was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution. During that time, she was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and published several books and articles on American foreign policy, including Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism (Brookings, 2003).