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|Meghan L. O'Sullivan|
|Meghan O'Sullivan's official White House photograph|
|Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan|
July 2004 – September 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Succeeded by||Douglas Lute|
|Born||September 13, 1969|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University;
University of Oxford
Meghan L. O'Sullivan (born September 13, 1969) is a former deputy national security adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan. She is Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, and senior fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
O'Sullivan grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts.
She received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1991. O'Sullivan later received her master's degree in economics and her D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in politics from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral dissertation was about the Sri Lankan Civil War 
Subsequent to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, she volunteer for the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, under Jay Garner. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Jay Garner, that he could not keep her (or Tom Warrick) on in Iraq, though Rumsfeld later relented. She was an assistant to Paul Bremer, in the Coalition Provisional Authority. She was Senior Director for Iraq, at the United States National Security Council. O'Sullivan last position at the White House was as the Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan.
During her time in Iraq, O'Sullivan was involved with many key decisions on the political front, including helping negotiate the early transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis and assisting the Iraqis in writing their interim constitution. She is remembered for driving herself around Baghdad to meet with Iraqis, and endured some harrowing experiences while in Iraq, including escaping from a terrorist attack by scaling a building ledge ten stories up.
On May 31, 2007, President Bush announced that Meghan was returning to Baghdad
On September 15 2007, Meghan left the White House and began teaching at Harvard.
- Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism. Brookings Institution Press. 2003. ISBN 0-8157-0601-4.
- Honey and Vinegar: Incentives, Sanctions, and Foreign Policy, edited with Richard N. Haass, Brookings Institution Press (2000), ISBN 0-8157-3355-0.  By Meghan L. O'Sullivan
- Sanctioning 'Rogue' States: A Strategy in Decline?, Harvard International Review, Summer 2000.
- "Terms of Engagement: Alternatives to Punitive Policies" with Richard N. Haass, Survival, 42:2 (Summer 2000), The International Institute for Strategic Studies.
- "Iraq: Time for a Modified Approach", Brookings Institution (IraqWatch), February 2001.
- "Sanctions and U.S. Foreign Policy", with Raymond Tanter, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 13, 2001.
- "The Response to Terrorism: America Mobilizes", Brookings Institution Forum, September 21, 2002. Moderator: James B. Steinberg; Scholars: Thomas E. Mann, Michael E. O'Hanlon, and Meghan L. O'Sullivan.
- "The Politics of Dismantling Containment", The Washington Quarterly 27:1 (Winter 2001), pp. 67–76. Copyright 2000 by The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.
- "A Reporter at Large: The General’s Dilemma, David Petraeus, the pressures of politics, and the road out of Iraq. by Steve Coll". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- Baker, Peter (April 3, 2007). "Iraq Adviser Departs Optimistic". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- O'Sullivan's bio at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center
- White House Bio of Meghan O'Sullivan
- A bibliography of Meghan L. O'Sullivan works at unjobs.org
- Ask the White House - Q&A with Meghan O'Sullivan on the situation in Iraq - December 14, 2005
- The Washingtonian's profile of O'Sullivan in their article "The List of Powerful Women to Watch," by Kim Forrest, June, 2006
- Interview with Charlie Rose, 2 May 2008