US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has appointed Amos Hochstein as State Department’s Senior Advisor for Energy Security responsible for the implementation of measures to reduce the risks posed by the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, supporting energy security in Central Eastern Europe.
Senior Advisor Hochstein brings decades of experience to this role, having held senior positions in the State Department, academia, and the private sector. He has worked in the US Congress, then in 2011 he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and joined the newly formed Bureau of Energy Resources. From 2014 to 2017, he served as the US Department of State’s Special Envoy and Coordinator of International Energy Affairs overseeing US foreign policy in the field of energy, and also advised Secretary of State John Kerry on global energy security and diplomacy, as well as integration of renewable and clean energy and related security matters. He had an important role in shaping US foreign energy and security policy and worked closely with then US Vice President Joe Biden.
In 2017 Hochstein joined LNG-gas company Tellurian serving as EVP of Marketing. The same year, he joined the Supervisory Board of Ukraine’s state-owned gas company Naftogaz and oversaw the divestiture of the pipeline business into a separate company as required by European legislation. He worked there until October 2020 when he stepped down amid concerns about a slowdown in reform and creeping corruption. Hochstein also servers on the board of the Atlantic Council.
His recent appointment as Senior Advisor for Energy Security “underscores the Administration’s commitment to promote energy security for the United States and our allies and partners,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken noting that the immediate focus of the Senior Advisor will be on the implementation of measures to reduce the risks posed by the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
“This appointment demonstrates the Administration’s resolve to utilize energy diplomacy to ensure the security of supply during this critical time of energy transition, push back against the Kremlin’s use of energy as a geopolitical weapon, and to advance a more secure and sustainable energy future for Ukraine and frontline NATO and EU countries,” concluded the Secretary of State.