Office of International Affairs

  • The Office of International Affairs

    The Office of International Affairs applies knowledge of energy technologies, markets, and policies to advance U.S. objectives in energy security, clean energy deployment, and national security.

  • Mission Innovation

    Twenty countries commit to doubling their respective clean energy research and development investment over five years.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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
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Paula Gant
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
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Andrea Lockwood
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Eurasia
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Recent Blog Posts

  • December 2, 2016
    Electricity drives opportunity in the modern world. Industrial activity and critical infrastructure from telecommunications to transportation rely on electricity – access to reliable and affordable energy is essential to virtually every aspect of our increasingly dynamic and interconnected world. At present, however, about two-thirds of citizens in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity.
  • November 1, 2016
    Washington, DC, October 31, 2016 – The United States of America and the United Arab Emirates today reaffirmed their shared commitment to a strong bilateral relationship during the U.S.-UAE Strategic Energy Dialogue held at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and UAE Undersecretary of Energy Dr. Matar Al Neyadi co-chaired the meeting to exchange ideas and review joint cooperative efforts for expanded cooperation in clean energy, carbon capture, utilization, and storage, and civil nuclear energy.
  • September 2, 2016
    Earlier this week in New Delhi, India, Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will assign an energy attaché to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to support the Department’s expanding portfolio of bilateral energy and climate collaboration with India.
  • May 31, 2016

    Goal of meetings will be to expand international collaboration in clean energy research, development, demonstration and deployment to combat climate change.