Dr. Paul Sullivan


Dr. Paul Sullivan has been a full professor at the National Defense University (NDU) since July 1999. At NDU he has taught economics, industry analytics, about the energy industry, and has taught electives on economic warfare, Iran, Iraq, the Islamic world, and natural resources and international security. He ran the Middle East and North Africa and Levant Regional Security Studies.  Professor Sullivan has been a primary faculty adviser at NDU to flag officers from the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe and East Asia while at NDU. Dr. Sullivan has been part of the leadership and faculty of the award-winning NDU Energy Industry Study for 14 years. He has run field studies related to the energy, environment and agribusiness industries in Tanzania, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Greece, Turkey, the UAE, Qatar, Australia, Japan, Mongolia, China, Chile, and throughout the United States and many other places as part of his duties at NDU. He is an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, where he has taught classes on global energy and international security (which include analyses of energy issues for the EU, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, the United States, Canada, and the Arctic.) for over 14 years. He is a Senior International Fellow at the National Council of U.S. Arab Relations and an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Future Global Resource Threats at the Federation of American Scientists. He also teaches courses on the Arab World, East Asia, natural resource issues, and the economics of conflict for the Yale Alumni College in Washington, DC. Dr. Sullivan has been involved in the energy work at the UNCTAD with a focus on Africa. He also has been part of very exclusive energy meetings at Windsor Castle in the UK over the past three years. He was a senior fellow at the EastWest Institute and a VP at the UN Association of the National Capitol Area. He is also an internationally recognized expert on the political economy and economic development of the Middle East and North Africa. Professor Sullivan taught classes on the economics of Egypt, the economic development of the Middle East and the economic history of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo for six years. He was part of the initial point team from NDU to help establish a National Defense College in the UAE.  Dr. Sullivan has been advising senior leadership in government and the military on economic, energy, water, extremism, US-Islamic, US-Arab and US-Iran relations, the Middle East and North Africa, East Asia, South Asia and other economic and security issues for decades. He has also been interviewed hundreds of times by the media on five continents on multiple issue. He is extensively published on a wide variety of issues. He has given hundreds of public, academic and policy talks throughout the world over his nearly four decade career. Dr. Sullivan obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University with highest honors and graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University. Dr. Sullivan is a graduate of the Seminar XXI Program at MIT. He has a certificate of completion from the Ethnoarchaeology Field Study run by Flinders University in Barunga, Australia. He is a member of Chatham House, the IISS, and The Royal Economic Society.