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The U.S. State Department named Amos Hochstein the new acting special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, the Wall Street Journal said Friday.

Hochstein will take over as acting head of the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) on August 1.

The State Department has not said whether Hochstein will be the permanent appointee.

Hochstein replaces Carlos Pascual, a former ambassador to Ukraine and Mexico.

After his departure, Pascaul will become a fellow on energy issues at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Hochstein has been with the ENR since its founding in 2011.

He currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy at the ENR where he oversees diplomatic efforts with the Office of Middle East & Asia and the Office of Europe, the Western Hemisphere & Africa.

Before his appointment to the ENR, Hochstein spent 15 years as a consultant and assisted corporations in assessing new energy markets and developing and bringing alternative energy sources to market.

Hochstein served as the Senior Policy Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

He was also a policy director for Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) in 2007.

Hochstein is expected to help shape the Obama administration’strategy on Russia, although he has yet to layout the future role of energy in Russian-U.S. relations.


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