H. E. Amb. Paula Jon Dobriansky

Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; Senior Fellow; Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government


Paula Jon Dobriansky (born September 14, 1955) is an American foreign policy expert who has served in key roles as a diplomat and policy maker in the administrations of five U.S. presidents, both Democrat and Republican. She is a specialist in the areas of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union as well as political-military affairs.

Dobriansky graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University in political-military affairs. She is a Fulbright-Hays scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was appointed as Under Secretary, Global Affairs on May 1, 2001, by President George Walker Bush and was the recipient of the 2002 NED Democracy Service Medal.

Dr. Dobriansky has lectured and published articles, book chapters and op-ed pieces on foreign affairs-related topics, ranging from U.S. human rights policy to East European foreign and defense policies, public diplomacy, democracy promotion strategies, Russia and Ukraine. For three years, she hosted Freedom's Challenge and co-hosted Worldwise, the international affairs programs on National Empowerment Television. Her publications include: Beginning a New Chapter in Sustainable Development, Democracy is Vital, Expanding Force on World Stage, Brookings/Council on Foreign Relations Forum World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Paula Dobriansky, Former under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs