Paul J Sullivan


Adjunct Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)
Professor of Economics, National Defense University Adjunct Professor, Security Studies, Georgetown Senior International Fellow, National Council on US-Arab Relations Adjunct Senior Fellow, Future Global Resource Threats, Federation of American Scientists Columnist, UB Post (Mongolia)


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Internationally recognized expert on issues related to energy security, water security, food security, economic security, some economic and political aspects of CVE (including the terrorism-conflict-energy nexus), international economics, US-Arab relations, some aspects of US-EU relations, the politics and economics of North Africa and the Middle East, the energy situations and economics of Japan, China, Mongolia and the Americas, as well as on various issues related to Turkey and South Asia.

Well-traveled with considerable networks developed in the Middle East, the EU, and Asia

Explains complex ideas to general audiences and business, military, diplomatic and political leadership

Gets the job done while being discreet and diplomatic

Proven track record of being effective in cross-cultural environments, and in dealing with complex and fluid issues in difficult environment

Proficient and high-demand public speaker

Quick learner interested in closure and getting things done

Systematic and nexus thinker

Mentor with a focus on helping those who could benefit from his experience, knowledge and skills

Autodidact Polymath on many subjects since 1975

Travel and meeting many different sorts of people all over the world since 1975

From 1999 to present, Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of Economics and Lead of the Energy Industry Study at the National Defense University where he has taught Electives on Iran, Iraq, the Islamic world, economic warfare, and other topics. He has been lead or international and domestic travel and substance coordinator and SME for the energy, environment and agribusiness industry studies for 18 years. As a primary faculty adviser, he flagged officers from all over the world, but primarily from Mongolia and the Arab world. He has run or has been support faculty on crises exercises, national security exercises, and leadership development modules. He mentored and educate present and expected future senior and very senior military and diplomatic leaders for the US and many other countries.


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  • Certificate of Completion (2015) Flinders University, Australia, Ethnoarcheology Field Study, Barunga, Australia
  • Certificate -- Seminar XXI (2006) MIT, International Relations
  • Ph.D. (1986) Yale , Economics
  • M.Phil (1983 ) Yale, Economics of Developing Countries
  • M.A. (1982) Yale, Economics
  • B.A. Summa Cum Laude (1979) Brandeis, Economics