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Ambassador (ret.) Richard D. Kauzlarich, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich is Director Center for Energy Science and Policy and an Adjunct Professor teaching courses on the Geopolitics of Energy Security and  a course on Advanced Skills for Policy Professionals: Policy Communication for Executive Leadership. From June, 2011 to June 2013 he was Deputy Director of TraCCC where he worked to establish an Executive Education Program. 

He served as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) from September 2003 to April 2011. Among other issues, Ambassador Kauzlarich was responsible for analyzing European energy security, the role of Turkey as an energy hub, and energy relations with the Caspian region.

Prior to his service on the NIC, he was Director of the Special Initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace. Ambassador Kauzlarich joined the Institute in spring 2002 after a 32-year career in the Foreign Service. He served as United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-99 and to Azerbaijan in 1994-97. There he helped negotiate understandings with the Government of Azerbaijan on the development and export of Azerbaijani oil and gas. He was Senior Deputy to the Secretary of State’s and the President’s Special Representative for the Newly Independent States (NIS) in 1993-94. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European Affairs in 1991-93, responsible for relations with the former Soviet Union and economic ties with the European Union. He also served on the US-Russia Commission on POWs/MIAs.

Ambassador Kauzlarich also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in 1984-86 and as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in 1986-89, handling global and international economic issues. He was also Director of the Department of State’s Operations Center 1983-84. Ambassador Kauzlarich has also served at US Embassies in Ethiopia, Israel, and Togo.

In December 2001, the Century Foundation published his report, “Time for Change? US Policy in the Transcaucasus.” He is a coauthor of “Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002,” published by RAND in 2004. He is also co-author of “Afrique: les options stratigiques pour la France” published in La Nouvelle Reveue Geopolitique, Avril-Mai-Juin 2012.

Ambassador Kauzlarich received his A.A. from Black Hawk College, his B.A. from Valparaiso University, and M.A.s from Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Foreign Policy program working with the Center on the United States and Europe. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College of National Defense University. He lectures at the Foreign Service Institute on Caspian energy developments and European energy security and energy relations with Russia

He is a member of the National Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and serves on the Cyber Operations/IT Advisory Council at Valparaiso University. He serves as Chair of the Board of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA0. He is also a member of the advisory board of Clean Trade. He is a member of the Atlantic Council, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR). He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Eurasia Foundation.

In 2014 Ambassador Kauzlarich received DACOR’s Foreign Service Cup.