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Office of International Affairs

  • The Office of International Affairs

    The Office of International Affairs responds to the most pressing global energy challenges, ranging from energy security and market volatility to long-term efforts to reduce carbon pollution and the impacts of climate change.

  • U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center

    The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center operates under a bilateral diplomatic initiative to encourage research, development, and deployment in both countries.

  • U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue

    President Obama and Prime Minister Harper launched the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue in 2009 to encourage the development of clean energy technologies.

  • Clean Energy Ministerial

    The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

Our Mission

The Office of International Affairs has primary responsibility in the Department of Energy for international energy cooperation in energy, science, and technology.

The Assistant Secretary for International Affairs (IA) advises the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and other relevant DOE leadership on strategic implementation of the United States’ international energy policy.  IA leads and develops the Department’s bilateral and multilateral R&D cooperation, including investment and trade activities, and represents the Department and United States Government in interagency processes, intergovernmental forums, and bilateral and multilateral proceedings that address the development and implementation of energy policies, strategies and objectives.

Leadership

Jonathan Elkind
Assistant Secretary for International Affairs (Acting)
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Andrea Lockwood
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Middle East, Africa and Eurasia
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Jonathan Pershing
Principal Deputy Director of EPSA and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology in IA
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Phyllis Yoshida
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Europe and the Americas
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Recent Blog Posts

  • August 27, 2014

    Deputy Secretary Poneman traveled to India July 30-31 for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue with Secretary Kerry and Secretary Pritzker, where he met with Indian government officials, scientists and energy industry leaders.

  • July 18, 2014

    Deputy Secretary Poneman and Minister Yildiz discussed ways our two countries can improve our energy security as well as ways to expand ongoing cooperation on energy efficiency and clean energy alternatives.

  • July 16, 2014

    In Astana, the Deputy Secretary discussed energy issues with Prime Minister Karim Massimov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Oil and Gas

  • July 14, 2014

    Deputy Secretary Poneman traveled to Abu Dhabi, UAE, to join Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei in launching the U.S.-UAE Strategic Energy Dialogue on June 23.