Robert C. O’Brien

O’Brien acted as the primary consultant to the President in all matters concerning American international policies and matters of national security. He held the position of the 27th National Security Advisor of the United States from 2019 to 2021. Additionally, he played a significant role as a co-founder and chairman of American Global Strategies LLC.

During his tenure, O’Brien also spent time visiting shipyards and advocating for naval power, while also focusing on issues related to industrial and defense bases at troops and plants. He brought a renewed emphasis on these matters to the NSC, as evidenced by his visit to the leading Navy shipyard and his long-standing advocacy for sea power.

During O’Brien’s tenure as National Security Advisor, there was a notable enhancement in collaboration among America’s partners in the Indo-Pacific region, resulting in substantial growth in defense expenditures by our NATO allies. Additionally, O’Brien played a pivotal role in facilitating economic reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo and masterminded the momentous Abraham Accords in the Middle East.

During the tenures of Secretaries of State Rice and Clinton, O’Brien formerly acted as Co-Chairman of the U.S. Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. He played a direct role in repatriating more than 25 detainees and hostages to the United States. Before assuming the position of NSA, O’Brien held the position of Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs with the personal title of Ambassador.

During his time in the U.S. Army Reserve, he held the rank of Major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. O’Brien performed the role of a Senior Legal Officer for the UN Security Council commission that handled claims against Iraq resulting from the initial Gulf War earlier in his professional life. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated O’Brien to represent the United States at the 60th session of the UN General Assembly, and his appointment was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. Additionally, O’Brien served as a member of the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2011, a position to which he was appointed by the President.

Throughout his professional journey, he has acted as an advocate and arbitrator in numerous international legal proceedings. Larson LLP, located in Los Angeles, is a highly respected law firm specializing in litigation that he helped establish in 2016. O’Brien holds the position of emeritus partner at the firm.

O’Brien is the recipient of the Medal of Honor (chevalier) from the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Legion of Honor (chevalier) from the French government, the National Defense Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, and the National Security Distinguished Public Service Medal.

In 2011, O’Brien was given the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award for exceptional contributions to the field of global law by the U.C. Berkeley School of Law. O’Brien was presented with the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson Award for the Defense of America and Israel in 2019. As a tribute to O’Brien, a tree was planted on behalf of the State of Israel at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest in the Hills of Jerusalem after the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020. O’Brien and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were honored with the Richard Nixon Foundation’s Architect of Peace Award for their work on the Abraham Accords and other initiatives while in office in the same year. O’Brien was named the recipient of the 2021 Freedom of the Seas Award by The National Museum of the Surface Navy.

In addition to being co-chair with Secretary Pompeo, O’Brien plays a role in the Nixon Seminar on Conservative Realism and National Security. In July 2022, he was chosen as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Richard Nixon Foundation.

O’Brien holds a J.D. From the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He received his B.A. In political science from UCLA, graduating cum laude.

Disclaimer: Mr. O’Brien is not involved in the legal profession at American Global Strategies.