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Biden Names UNH Faculty Member Jake Sullivan As National Security Advisor

UNH Carsey School of Public Policy

President-elect Joe Biden will appoint Jake Sullivan of Portsmouth as his national security advisor.

Sullivan currently serves as a senior fellow and faculty member of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

In 2019, he was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.

Sullivan previously served in the Obama administration, as then Vice-President Biden’s national security adviser. He also worked as director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State.

The 43-year-old was part of the team of US officials to initiate outreach to Iran that led to the 2015 nuclear deal with that country.

In a tweet Monday, Sullivan said that Biden had “taught me what it takes to safeguard our national security at the highest levels of government.”

“In service, I will do everything in my power to keep our country safe.”

In a 2019 Seacoastonline column, Sullivan endorsed Biden for the presidency and criticized President Trump’s handling of national security.

“The bottom line is that Donald Trump has dug a deep hole for our country when it comes to national security, and we need a president who can take office in January 2021 and dig us out of it fast,” he wrote.

Last week, the President-elect also appointed Dana Remus, a New Hampshire native, to be counsel to the president. She served as general counsel of the Biden-Harris campaign.

Daniela is an editor in NHPR's newsroom. She leads NHPR's Spanish language news initiative, ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? and the station's climate change reporting project, By Degrees. You can email her at
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