The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Brookings Institution’s Project on International Order and Strategy, and Energy Security Initiative hosted an event to hear perspectives on international energy developments from Ambassador Carlos Pascual, the State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for International Energy Affairs.

In his final public presentation before departing government service, Ambassador Pascual shared his thoughts on some of the key energy issues during his tenure at the Bureau of Energy Resources at the State Department, as well as ongoing energy challenges. Carnegie’s Jessica T. Mathews introduced the ambassador. Carnegie’s Deborah Gordon and Brookings’ Bruce Jones moderated

Carlos Pascual

Carlos Pascual is the State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for International Energy Affairs. In this capacity, he advises the secretary on energy issues, ensuring that energy security is advanced at all levels of U.S. foreign policy. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Pascual served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico (2009-2011) and was vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution (2003-2009). 

During his extensive career in public service, Ambassador Pascual has held positions in the Department of State, the National Security Council (NSC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He served as coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the U.S. Department of State, where he led and organized U.S. government planning to help stabilize and reconstruct societies in transition from conflict or civil strife.

Ambassador Pascual served as coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (2003), where he oversaw regional and country assistance strategies to promote market-oriented and democratic states. He also served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine (2000-2003), special assistant to the president and NSC senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia (1998-2000), and director for the same region (1995-1998). Before then, Ambassador Pascual worked for USAID in Sudan, South Africa and Mozambique, and as deputy assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia (1983-1995).

Ambassador Pascual received his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1982 and his BA from Stanford University in 1980. He has served on the boards of directors for the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Internews Network. He has also served on the advisory group for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.

Jessica T. Mathews

Jessica T. Mathews was appointed president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 1997. Her career includes senior positions in the White House, State Department, Congress, Council on Foreign Relations, World Resources Institute, and the Washington Post.

Deborah Gordon

Deborah Gordon is senior associate and director of Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where her research focuses on oil and climate change policymaking in North America and globally. She is the author of several books and editor of volumes on transport, oil, and the environment.

Bruce Jones

Bruce Jones is a senior fellow and the director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings and a consulting professor at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. His research focuses on U.S. policy on international security, global order, international conflict management and fragile states.