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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.

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

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

  • 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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Recent Blog Posts

  • April 18, 2014

    Welcome to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of International Affairs (IA). IA has the primary responsibility for coordinating DOE’s international cooperation in the areas of energy, science, and technology.

  • March 31, 2014

    Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman recently visited South Africa and Mozambique, highlighting the need for strong partnerships to ensure a sustainable energy future for both the U.S. and Africa.

  • October 26, 2013

    Watch Secretary Moniz discuss the resonance of the 1973 oil embargo, where we’ve come since then and what the Energy Department is doing to address key policy challenges in the path ahead.