Board Member

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and head of the Geopolitics of Energy Project there. She is a Partner at the strategic advisory firm Macro Advisory Partners and the North American Chair of the Trilateral Commission. An educator, author, and advisor to companies, Meghan also has been policymaker, serving as Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan under President George W. Bush, a policy planner under former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Vice Chair of the All Party Talks in Northern Ireland. Meghan is on the board of Raytheon Technologies and of non-profits addressing veterans, conflict, and energy/climate. She is a member of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Meghan has a BA from Georgetown University and a masters and doctorate from Oxford University.

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Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Thirty years ago, Rwanda’s government began a campaign to eradicate the country’s largest minority group. In just one hundred days in 1994, roving militias killed around eight hundred thousand people. Would-be killers were incited to violence by the radio, which encouraged extremists to take to the streets with machetes. The United Nations stood by amid the bloodshed, and many foreign governments, including the United States, declined to intervene before it was too late. What got in the way of humanitarian intervention? And as violent conflict now rages at a clip unseen since then, can the international community learn from the mistakes of its past?

Economics

The IMF and World Bank’s spring meetings will focus on the prospects for a soft landing after years of global economic turbulence. But major challenges remain, including growing climate finance needs and persistently high global debt levels.

South Korea

The center-left Democratic Party added to its legislative majority after the recent parliamentary election, which would deal a blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol’s domestic reform agenda and possibly his efforts to improve ties with Japan.