Ambassador Carlos Pascual joined Columbia University on September 1, 2014 as a Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, where he is teaching and writing on the geopolitics of energy. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council and works as Senior Vice President at IHS, Inc.
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.more » « less