From world leaders to entrepreneurs, a massive conference on Afghanistan in Dallas last week was a reminder that the war isn't over in Afghanistan, say former Undersecretaries of State Karen Hughes and Paula Dobriansky.
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is senior vice president and global head of government and regulatory affairs at Thomson Reuters. In this position, she is responsible for designing and implementing Thomson Reuters corporate strategy in Washington, D.C. and other key capitals around the globe. She also is an adjunct senior fellow at Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and holds the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Prior to her Presidential appointments, Ambassador Dobriansky served as senior vice president and director of the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her other government appointments include Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the 1985 U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997 to 2001, she was appointed by the President to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Ambassador Dobriansky is a Fulbright-Hays scholar and a Ford and Rotary Foundation Fellow. Ambassador Dobriansky serves on various boards, including Freedom House, the Australian-American Dialogue and American University in Afghanistan. Ambassador Dobriansky holds a BSFS in international politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MA and PhD in Soviet political and military affairs from Harvard University.