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Ambassador Carlos Pascual

Non-Resident Fellow


Ambassador Carlos Pascual is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. He is currently a Senior Vice President at IHS. Pascual served as U.S. Ambassador in Mexico (2009-2011) and Ukraine (2000-2003). As Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Pascual established and directed (2011-2014) the State Department’s Energy Resources Bureau and was the senior advisor to the Secretary of State on global energy diplomacy.

At the Brookings Institution (2006-2009), Pascual was both Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies and launched the Brookings Energy Security Initiative. Pascual created the position of Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (2004-2005), establishing the State Department’s first civilian response capacity to conflicts.  He was the State Department’s Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (2003-2004). Pascual served as Special Assistant to the President and successively as Director and then Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia at the National Security Council (1995-2000).

Pascual held leadership roles at the U.S. Agency for international Development (1983-1995), including as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, Chief of Policy and Strategy for Africa, and in field postings in Mozambique, South Africa and Sudan.  Pascual received his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1982) and his B.A. from Stanford University (1980). His book, Power and Responsibility, won a 2009 award for the best political science book published by an independent publisher.  

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July 15, 2016 Op-eds & Essays Oil

The next president must be prepared to act on the Middle East

Writing on CNBC.com, CGEP Fellow Carlos Pascual writes that for the next U.S. president, no...

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Oil is the world’s most actively traded commodity, but forecasts vary as to whether it will start to wane in the decades to come. Understanding the changes that are sweeping through the oil industry and market today are key to understanding the outlook for economic growth, climate change, and geopolitical conflict.

September 18, 2014 Op-eds & Essays Natural Gas

Ukraine: Seeking a Path out of War

Carlos Pascual, Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy and...

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Natural Gas

The global gas market is undergoing a period of profound transformation as a result of new sources of supply, demand, changing trade patterns, and technological and policy shifts. The transition to a low-carbon economy and efforts to curb air pollution are also key policy aims that will impact the role of gas in the future energy mix.