Sean Misko

Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2014

U.S. Department of State

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Sean Misko is a Member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff. In addition to leading the Staff’s work on long-term strategy and priorities, he advises the Secretary of State on South Asia and the Middle East. From 2009-2012, Mr. Misko served as Special Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), where he coordinated negotiation of the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement and was involved in efforts to facilitate a settlement of the Afghanistan conflict.

Prior to joining Amb. Richard Holbrooke’s SRAP team, Mr. Misko worked as a policy advisor to U.S. Central Command. He also served as a special assistant in the Office of Management and Budget’s National Security Division, Presidential Management Fellow in the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs, and briefly as a Roberts Intelligence Fellow and political analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Mr. Misko holds a Master of Public Policy in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Politics and Media Studies from Penn State University, which recognized him in 2012 with its Alumni Achievement Award. He was a 2011 Manfred Wörner Fellow and recognized by the German Marshall Fund in 2013 as a Young Strategist.