Richard Kauzlarich

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Co-Director, Center for Energy Science and Policy (CESP); Distinguished Visiting Professor

Contact Information
Mason Square, Van Metre Hall, Room 709
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He teaches courses on the geopolitics of energy security and the theory and practice of public policy. Since 2014, he has been co-director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy (CESP).

Kauzlarich was National Intelligence Officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) from September 2003 to April 2011. He received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal for his activities.

Before that position, he had a 32-year career in the Foreign Service. He served as United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1997-99 and Azerbaijan from 1994-97. He was senior deputy to the Secretary of State and the President's Special Representative to the Newly Independent States (NIS) from 1993-94. He was deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European Affairs in 1991-93, deputy assistant secretary of state for International Organization Affairs in 1984-86, and deputy director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in 1986-89, handling global and international economic issues.

In December 2001, the Century Foundation published his report, "Time for Change? U.S. Policy in the Transcaucasus." He is a co-author of Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002, published by RAND. In 2017, he contributed a chapter on U.S. policy toward the South Caucasus in The New Geopolitics of the South Caucasus, edited by Shireen T. Hunter.

Areas of Research

  • Democratization and human rights
  • Corruption
  • Energy Policy
  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • The Former Soviet Union and Balkans
  • Security Policy and Peace Operations