Ambassador Keith Smith is a Distinguished CEPA Fellow in Residence.

Ambassador Smith was previously a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategicand International Studies (CSIS). He retired from the U.S. Department of Statein 2000, where his career focused primarily on European affairs. From 1997 to2000, he was U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, with additional posts in Europe,including Hungary, Norway and Estonia. In addition to several other StateDepartment assignments, he most recently served as Director of Policy forEurope and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State regarding U.S.assistance programs in Eastern Europe.

Since 2000, Smith has been a consultantto several energy companies and has lectured on Russian-European energy issuesin the United States, Poland, Belgium, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, CzechRepublic, Estonia and Lithuania. He is the author of numerous articles oninternational energy issues that have appeared in over 30 newspapers around theworld, including the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune.

Smith’smost recent publications include “Unconventional Gas and European Security:Politics and Foreign Policy of Fracking in Europe,” “Managing the Challenge ofRussian Energy Policies,” and “Lack of Transparency in Russian Energy Trade.”