On February 17, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carlos Pascual to be the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources (ENR). The WH released the following brief bio:
Ambassador Carlos Pascual has served as Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs since May 2011. From 2009 to 2011, he was U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Previously, from 2006 to 2009, he was Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Prior to joining Brookings, Ambassador Pascual served as the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the Department of State from 2004 to 2006. From 2003 to 2004, he was Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. Ambassador Pascual served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2000 to 2003. From 1998 to 2000, he was Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. He previously served as the NSC Director for the same region from 1995 to 1998. Before joining the NSC, Ambassador Pascual was the United States Aid for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Europe and Eurasia. He previously served with USAID in Sudan, South Africa and Mozambique.
Ambassador Pascual received his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his B.A. from Stanford University.
We have posted here about Ambassador Pascual when he became the first public casualty of WikiLeaks in March 2011. Two days after that, his resignation was announced. On May 2011, Ambassador Pascual was appointed as Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs.
If confirmed, he would be the first Assistant Secretary appointed to head the Bureau of Energy Affairs, a bureau created three months ago.
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