Meghan O’Sullivan is the author of the new book Windfall: How the new energy abundance upends global politics and strengthens American power. We kick off this episode with a discussion of the ways in which the natural gas boom in the United States is changing international diplomacy and geopolitics. It’s fascinating stuff!
O’Sullivan is the Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and has had a career in government and the think tank world. She served, for a time, as the deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush administration and she was one of the first American civilian officials on the ground in Baghdad after the city fell to US forces in 2003. We discuss these events and more–including being mentored by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
This conversation covers the geopolitics of energy, the US occupation of Iraq, and Meghan O’Sullivan’s career as an international relations scholar and practitioner.