Peter Dyrud


Peter Dyrud is a PhD candidate in public policy (international relations) at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Kennedy School. He is an Air Force veteran, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an Advisory Board member of A Safe Haven Foundation. His dissertation research focuses on the spread of ideologies, with special emphasis in Chinese nationalism, while additional research examines the deterrent effect of hostage rescue operations. Peter holds a B.S. in physics and math from the US Air Force Academy and has served overseas as an Expeditionary Rescue Squadron Commander and Tactical Recovery Team Commander. He has also completed internships at the White House and the Institute for Global Engagement.


Peter is from Brooklyn Park, MN, where he grew up playing and writing music (piano and drums), exploring the outdoors, and questioning the status quo. His goal with HGC is to help Harvard’s graduate and professional students respect each other through their differences, learn from others completely outside their fields of expertise, and be well prepared to succeed after graduation – ultimately, to bring together people with complementary gifts and the shared goal of making the world a better place.