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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.


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

  • December 15, 2014

    Today Johnson Controls International and Empower agreed to demonstrate a new district cooling technology in Dubai that has the potential to significantly reduce water use in district cooling.

  • October 1, 2014

    The MOU between the United Arab Emirates and United States of America was signed at the start of the U.S.-UAE Strategic Energy Dialogue, which was co-chaired by UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei and Deputy Secretary Poneman on September 30.

  • September 19, 2014

    Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford and Secretary Moniz sign a Memorandum of Understanding launching an agreement on enhanced energy collaboration between NRCan and DOE.

  • 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. The Deputy Secretary toured the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Honeywell, and Infosys – a company founded in 1981 by seven Indian engineers. Each of these sites showcased areas of collaboration with DOE and its national labs, as well as a shared commitment to innovation, building energy efficiency solutions and a low-carbon future.