Richard Morningstar

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Person.png Richard Morningstar   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, deep state operative)
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Alma materHarvard College, Stanford Law School
SpouseFaith Pierce
Member ofAlbright Stonebridge Group/Team, Eurasia Foundation/Board and Trustees
Interests • Azerbaijan
• Caspian Sea
U.S. deep state operative specializing in getting control over the strategically important oil from the Caspian Basin.

Employment.png US/Ambassador/Azerbaijan

In office
July 20, 2012 - August 2014

Employment.png Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy

In office
April 20, 2009 - March 2012

Employment.png US/Ambassador/EU Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
1999 - 2001

Richard L. Morningstar is a U.S. deep state operative specializing in getting control over the strategically important oil from the Caspian Basin.

He was United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Special Envoy of the United States Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy. Morningstar is the founding director and chairman of the Global Energy Center at the deep state Atlantic Council. He also is senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business strategy firm.


Richard Morningstar earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor 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 was CEO of Costar Corporation, and since 1990 as the chairman of the board.[1][3] Since June 1993, Morningstar was 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 was the United States Ambassador to the European Union.[3]

Beginning in 2001, Ambassador Morningstar was 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] 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[12] Global Energy Center.

Personal life

Richard Morningstar is married to Faith Pierce Morningstar, a former board member of the CIA front group Freedom House. They have two sons and two daughters. He also has 12 grandchildren.[3]


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