Alumni Stories

Paula Dobriansky (F’77)

Former Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer: Scott Fleming (F’72)
Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Paula Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, the former under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs under President George W. Bush, held the position for eight years – the longest tenure for that position in the State Department’s modern history. She shares how her father, the late Lev E. Dobriansky, professor of economics at Georgetown University, influenced her life and career.

At the State Department, Dobriansky’s portfolio encompassed a broad range of critical foreign policy issues, including democracy, human rights, labor, refugee and humanitarian relief matters and environmental/science issues. She led the U.S. delegation in international negotiations that focused on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the current global climate agreement for which first commitment period ends in 2012. She was also named Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and the President’s Special Envoy on Northern Ireland.

After leaving the State Department in 2009, Dobriansky joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior fellow.

Additional Resources

Belfer Center
“Ambassador Paula Dobriansky Named Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center”

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