Dr. Sullivan is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Global Energy Center of the Atlantic Council. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies among other duties and posts. He was a full professor at the National Defense University (USA) for over 22 years where he ran the Energy Industry Study, taught Industry Analytics, Economics of National Security, and electives and regional studies related to the MENA region, the Islamic world, Economic Warfare, and other issues. As part of his NDU duties, he ran energy field studies in the US, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the EU. He taught at Georgetown, The American University in Cairo, and Yale. He taught courses on “Climate Change and Energy Transitions” and “The Middle East Today” for the Yale Alumni College.
Dr. Sullivan has given presentations on five continents at places as varied as Windsor Castle, Ditchley Park, the IEEJ in Tokyo, The Chilean War College, The Defense College of Mongolia, the diplomatic academies in Malta and Jordan, and a major law firm in London, among others. His present research interests include the energy-resilience nexus, economic and resource aspects of human security, energy transitions, US-MENA relations, EU energy security, EU-Russian energy relations, Arctic energy issues, US-MENA-Japan relations, the energy-water-food nexus, and other topics. He has almost three decades of experience with and in the MENA region and considerable experience in other parts of the world, including the EU, gathered over a career of over 40 years.
He holds a BA from Brandeis University (Summa Cum Laude), along with MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Yale University. He was part of MIT’s Seminar XXI’s class of 2006. He has a certificate of completion in Ethnoarchaeology from a field study in Barunga, Australia, run by Flinders University in Australia.