Robert C. O’Brien, Former U.S. Ambassador and National Security Advisor, Named Distinguished Senior Fellow at Pepperdine School of Public Policy


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MALIBU, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) today announced that Robert C. O’Brien, former United States Ambassador and 27th National Security Advisor (NSA), will join its program as a Distinguished Principal Investigator.

“Pepperdine is one of America’s great universities and a treasure for Los Angeles,” O’Brien said. “My daughter and my brother both attended Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, so I have a strong family connection to the institution. Dean Pete Peterson has assembled a wonderful team at the School of Public Policy, and I am honored to join and look forward to working with SPP students, faculty, and supporters as a distinguished senior scholar.

As a former United States Ambassador and National Security Advisor, O’Brien is recognized as one of America’s leading diplomats and national security experts. He was instrumental in signing the Abraham Accords in the Middle East and led significant efforts to build relationships with America’s allies in the Indo-Pacific region. Prior to assuming the NSA role, O’Brien was the President’s Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs and brought more than 25 hostages and wrongfully detained Americans home. O’Brien is recognized as a preeminent negotiator and mediator in some of the world’s most contentious places.

“As we continue to expand our national security and international relations academic programs here in Malibu and Washington, D.C., we are honored to have Ambassador O’Brien join us as a Distinguished Senior Fellow, and j I look forward to working with him,” Peterson noted. “As a preeminent peacemaker who is committed to strengthening America’s unique role in the world, he is setting an important example for our graduate students so that they begin their careers in the fields of foreign affairs and intelligence.”

In this role, O’Brien will consult with SPP in building its international relations courses and extracurricular programs both in the Los Angeles area and at the Pepperdine campus in Washington, DC. It will also offer regular lectures and panel discussions on national security topics with students, faculty, and school friends. O’Brien joins the list of esteemed leaders and scholars who have also served as Principal Investigator to focus on preparing tomorrow’s decision makers and political leaders with a grounding in founding principles, free markets, and an understanding of crucial and exceptional America. role in world affairs.

About Robert C. O’Brien

Robert C. O’Brien is a former US Ambassador and National Security Advisor. He is chairman of American Global Strategies LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based strategic consulting firm, and is a partner emeritus at Larson LLP, a Los Angeles litigation law firm he co-founded in 2016.

O’Brien was the United States Alternate Representative to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. He was the founding co-chair of the State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, serving under Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Earlier in his career, O’Brien served as a senior legal officer at the United Nations Security Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps.

O’Brien is a recipient of the National Security Medal, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, National Defense Service Medal, Legion of Honor (Knight) and the Presidential Medal of Kosovo. Merits.

The National Surface Marine Museum named O’Brien the recipient of the 2021 Freedom of the Seas Award. Following the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020, a tree was planted by the State of Israel in the Memorial Forest John F. Kennedy in the hills of Jerusalem in honor of O’Brien. In 2019, O’Brien received the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson Award for Advocating for America and Israel. The University of California, Berkeley School of Law awarded O’Brien the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of International Law in 2011. The Los Angeles Business Journal named O’Brien one of the 500 most influential people in Los Angeles.

O’Brien received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (cum laude) and his JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

The School of Public Policy (SPP) is built on a distinctive philosophy of preparing public leaders to use analytical tools combined with their moral compass to influence successful implementation and real change. Through a curriculum grounded in understanding the philosophical and historical dimensions inherent in politics, SPP prepares cross-sector leaders for careers that strengthen institutions in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors.

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