Meghan O’Sullivan interviewed on MSNBC, “O’Sullivan and Haass Argue It’s ‘Wrong’ to Withdraw From Afghanistan”

"Meghan O'Sullivan and Richard Haass join Andrea Mitchell to discuss why they argue that it's wrong to pull troops out of Afghanistan. Haass believes that 'the risk of leaving is that you will see the country descend into civil war at a high level.' O'Sullivan says that the withdrawal will jeopardize the gains she believes the U.S. has helped achieve for women and girls in Afghanistan 'because the probability of a Taliban takeover is very high…'" Watch the full interview here: [...]

2021-04-17T17:56:43-04:00April 17, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes with Richard Haass in The Washington Post: “It’s Wrong to Pull Troops Out of Afghanistan. But We Can Minimize the Damage.”

"President Biden announced Wednesday his intention to complete the withdrawal of all American military forces from Afghanistan by September, 20 years after the terrorist attacks that led to American armed forces first going there. He based his decision on three considerations: that the United States has other priorities at home and abroad — above all, increasingly tense relations with China; that it makes little sense to maintain an indefinite troop commitment to one country when terrorism is a global phenomenon; and [...]

2021-04-16T16:02:05-04:00April 16, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in Bloomberg: “There’s No Hurry for Biden to Re-Enter the Iran Nuclear Deal”

"What sounded so simple during last year's presidential campaign has turned out, like everything related to Iran, to be quite complicated. President Joe Biden's administration would like to return to the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it was negotiated and signed in 2015…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-25T04:00:55-04:00March 25, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan cited in Bloomberg article, “What Countries Will Fight Over When Green Energy Dominates”

"Meghan O’Sullivan, director of Harvard’s geopolitics of energy initiative, has argued that shale also gives the U.S. significant foreign policy freedom. The added supply reduced potential for blowback from oil-price effects when America levied sanctions against Iran, blocking its oil from the global market…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-16T00:01:07-04:00March 16, 2021|Climate & Environment|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in Bloomberg: “Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Still Need Each Other”

"The Joe Biden administration has been widely criticized for its response after declassifying an intelligence report that found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for an operation to “kill or capture” the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged that the administration would not sanction the crown prince directly, despite the intelligence finding. This has led to predictable allegations that the desire to buy Saudi oil at least in part explains the administration’s actions, or lack thereof. "However, [...]

2021-03-02T09:00:15-05:00March 2, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan quoted in The New York Times article, “How Biden’s Climate Ambitions Could Shift America’s Global Footprint”

"President Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday said climate change should be regarded as ‘an essential element of U.S. foreign policy and national security.’ That is likely to bring big changes for America’s role in the world. "'Addressing climate change can, and will be, a central pillar of the Biden administration’s foreign policy,' said Meghan O’Sullivan, who served as a deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush and now leads the Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. 'It [...]

2021-03-29T00:49:27-04:00February 2, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan quoted in CNBC article, “Renewables Chief Hails ‘Crucial’ Biden Climate Agenda as Administration Plans Massive Energy Overhaul”

"'The Biden administration and Secretary Kerry are talking about infusing climate into every foreign-policy interaction,' Meghan O’Sullivan, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Geopolitics of Energy project, told an Atlantic Council panel session. "'It means asking the different agencies that conduct foreign policy and national security, like the Pentagon, USAID, and the State Department, to make climate really central in their overall objective,' she said..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-29T01:02:52-04:00January 25, 2021|Economy & Trade|

Meghan O’Sullivan quoted in the New Atlanticist article, “The Many New Ways Energy and National Security Are Intersecting”

"Meghan O’Sullivan, director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Geopolitics of Energy project, said that although the world is embracing renewable energy sources, 'even the most climate-friendly energy scenarios in the future all involve a reasonably substantial amount of oil and gas usage over time.' "A few 'petrostates' will continue to wield influence—in some cases even more influence because there will be a smaller number of them, said O’Sullivan, a former US deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan..." Read the [...]

2021-01-22T13:26:19-05:00January 21, 2021|Economy & Trade|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in Bloomberg Opinion: “What Does Success Look Like for a Climate Czar?”

"President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to create a new cabinet-level position for climate-related issues — and to choose so prominent a figure as former Secretary of State John Kerry to fill it — demonstrates Biden’s sincerity over putting climate at the very center of U.S. foreign policy. It is easy to understate the importance of this appointment, given the flurry of czars created by most new administrations..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-12-16T14:57:57-05:00December 2, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes in The Japan Times: “After Oil: Throwing Money at Green Energy Isn’t Enough”

"The geopolitical and geo-economic forces wrought by the coronavirus pandemic are likely to slow the transition to a more sustainable global energy mix. Fortunately, the pandemic has also resulted in governments gaining vastly greater influence over whether this shift stalls or accelerates..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-10-20T16:38:23-04:00September 28, 2020|Economy & Trade|
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