Richard Morningstar

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Richard L. Morningstar
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United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan
In office
July 20, 2012 – 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Matthew Bryza
Succeeded by Robert Cekuta
2nd Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy
In office
April 20, 2009 – March 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by C. Boyden Gray
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 70–71)
Spouse(s) Faith Pierce
Alma mater Harvard College;
Stanford Law School

Richard L. Morningstar (born 1945) is the former United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan. He was formerly Special Envoy of the United States Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy.


Richard Morningstar earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and a Master of Laws from Stanford Law School in 1970.[1][2]


Morningstar started his career with the law firm of Peabody & Brown (now Nixon Peabody) in Boston, Massachusetts, where he practiced law from 1970 to 1981. He then served as CEO of Costar Corporation, and since 1990 as the Chairman of the Board.[1][3] Since June 1993, Morningstar served as Senior Vice President for Policy and Investment Development at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In April 1995, Morningstar was posted as the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Assistance to the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. His rank of ambassador was confirmed by the Senate on 11 June 1996. In July 1998, he was assigned as a Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy. In that capacity Morningstar was a promoter of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline. In 1999–2001, Morningstar served as the United States Ambassador to the European Union.[3]

Beginning in 2001, Ambassador Morningstar served as a Senior Director at the global strategy firm Stonebridge International (now Albright Stonebridge Group[4])

On 20 April 2009, Ambassador Morningstar was named to the position of the Special Envoy of the United States Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy.[5] In that capacity Morningstar represented the United States at the signing ceremony of the intergovernmental agreement of the Nabucco pipeline.[6][7] He has strongly opposed the possible participation of Iran in the Nabucco project.[8][9]

Morningstar has been a visiting scholar and diplomat in residence at the Stanford University Institute for International Studies, a lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and an adjunct professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[1]

Azerbaijan-U.S. ICT Forum, December 3, 2013

On 27 April 2012, Morningstar was nominated for the US Ambassadorship in Azerbaijan.[10] On 30 June 2012, the U.S. Senate confirmed this appointment.[11]

In 2014 Morningstar was named Director of the Atlantic Council’s New Global Energy Center.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Richard Morningstar is married to Faith Pierce Morningstar, a former board member of the democracy promotion and human rights group Freedom House, with two sons and two daughters.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Richard Morningstar. Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy". Harvard Kennedy School. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Ambassador Richard Morningstar". Salzburg Global Seminar. March 2001. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar". The United States Mission to the European Union. Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Ambassador to Azerbaijan: Who Is Richard Morningstar?". AllGov. AllGov. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Daniel Fineren (2009-04-26). "Iran can make more of its energy riches: U.S. envoy". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  6. ^ Selcuk Gokoluk (2009-07-12). "Russia free to supply gas to Nabucco-U.S. envoy". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Ankara prepares for Nabucco agreement". United Press International. 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Nabucco gas pipeline nations wary of Iran-US envoy". Reuters. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  9. ^ "U.S. envoy: No role for Iran in Nabucco". United Press International. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  10. ^ "Obama Nominates Morningstar for Azerbaijan Ambassadorship". Asbarez Armenian News. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  11. ^ Dadashova, S. (2012-06-30). "". Trend News Agency. Retrieved 2012-07-02.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Richard Morningstar Named Founding Director of the Atlantic Council's New Global Energy Center". Atlantic Council. November 17, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 

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