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Andrea Mihailescu

Andrea Mihailescu

State Department Fellow in Residence 2019–2021
School of Public Policy


Andrea R. Mihailescu is a member of the secretary's policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State. She works on sanctions issues (North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, among others) as well as CFIUS transactions. In that role, Mihailescu provides analytic policy recommendations and alternative courses of action to the Secretary to advance a more effective U.S. sanctions policy and national security priorities. Prior to that, she worked on a detail assignment to the Department of Defense to support Secretary Mattis on securing a multi-billion Special Measures Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Korea. Before joining the Pentagon, Mihailescu was the senior advisor on North Korea sanctions issues to Ambassador Dan Fried in the Office of the Coordination for Sanctions Policy where she helped lead the effort in designing the North Korea pressure campaign. Mihailescu was also an economic intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research supporting senior State Department policy-makers by identifying economic pressure points in the Iranian regime. In that role, her intelligence assessments were often included in the President's Daily Brief and other senior level U.S. intelligence products. She also served as a backup briefer to the President's Daily Brief. Before joining government, Mihailescu was a freelance journalist covering oil and gas issues. Mihailescu was a Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholar. 


  • MBA, The George Washington University
  • MA, American University
  • BA, University of Connecticut 


  • Sanctions
  • International Relations
  • Foreign Policy


  • MPP 668: Seminar in International Relations