Luke Coffey

Senior Fellow

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Luke Coffey is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. His work analyzes national security and foreign policy, with a focus on Europe, Eurasia, NATO, and transatlantic relations.

Biography

Luke Coffey is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. His work at Hudson analyzes national security and foreign policy, with a focus on Europe, Eurasia, NATO, and transatlantic relations.

Mr. Coffey was previously director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation from 2015 to 2022, in which role he oversaw and managed a team covering most of Heritage’s foreign policy and international affairs work. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Margaret Thatcher fellow at Heritage, focusing on relations between the United States and the United Kingdom and on the role of NATO and the European Union in transatlantic and Eurasian security.

Before joining Heritage, Mr. Coffey served at the UK Ministry of Defence as senior special adviser to then-British Defence Secretary Liam Fox. He was the first non-UK citizen appointed to this position by the prime minister to provide advice to senior British ministers. Among his duties was helping shape British defense policy in relation to transatlantic security, NATO, the Middle-East, and Afghanistan.

Mr. Coffey previously worked in the House of Commons as an adviser on defense and security issues for the Conservative Party. He helped develop and implement policy initiatives on security and defense matters, in particular drafting the defense section of the party’s 2010 election manifesto.

His work in British politics followed his service to the United States as a commissioned officer in the Army. He spent his entire time on active duty overseas and was stationed in Italy with the Army’s Southern European Task Force. In 2005, Mr. Coffey deployed to Afghanistan for a year and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Mr. Coffey’s commentary and analysis have been widely published and he has been interviewed on television and radio by prestigious media outlets in the US and overseas.

Mr. Coffey has testified before the US Congress on NATO, Arctic security, the war in Afghanistan, and US policy in the South Caucasus. He has provided written testimony to the UK’s House of Lords Committee on the Arctic. His research has been quoted in reports by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee and the House of Lords Committee on the Arctic.

Mr. Coffey received a Master of Science degree in the politics and government of the European Union from the London School of Economics. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and studied African politics at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

An avid traveler, Mr. Coffey has lived on four continents and visited more than seventy countries. A native of Missouri, he and his family currently reside in Northern Virginia.

07
December 2022
Virtual Event | Online Only
A Conversation with Ahmad Massoud on the Future of Afghanistan
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Ahmad Massoud
Ahmad Massoud
07
December 2022
Virtual Event | Online Only
A Conversation with Ahmad Massoud on the Future of Afghanistan

Please join the Hudson Institute as it welcomes Ahmad Massoud to discuss the NRF and the future of Afghanistan.

Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00AM
Ahmad Massoud
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Ahmad Massoud
21
October 2022
Past Event
Iranian Drone and Missile Proliferation: What Are Iran’s Ambitions?
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Can Kasapoğlu
Michael Doran
Moderator:
Peter Rough
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21
October 2022
Past Event
Iranian Drone and Missile Proliferation: What Are Iran’s Ambitions?

Iran’s disruptive military capabilities pose a significant threat to the strategic interests of the US and its allies. How great is the threat? How should the Biden administration react to it? Please join us to discuss these timely issues.

Friday 12:00 - 1:00PM
yemen houthi drone iran ukraine saudi arabia
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Can Kasapoğlu
Michael Doran
Moderator:
Peter Rough
19
October 2022
Past Event
Economic and Security Implications of the Russia-Ukraine War: Perspectives from the Czech Presidency
Featured Speakers:
Zbyněk Stanjura
Luke Coffey
Zbyněk Stanjura
19
October 2022
Past Event
Economic and Security Implications of the Russia-Ukraine War: Perspectives from the Czech Presidency
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00AM
Zbyněk Stanjura
Featured Speakers:
Zbyněk Stanjura
Luke Coffey
23
September 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict and the American Interest
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Luke Coffey
Michael Doran
James Carafano
Members of the military stand at attention in front of Heydar Aliyev Palace during the Armed Forces Day celebrations on June 26, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Aziz Karimov/Getty Images)
23
September 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict and the American Interest

On September 13, fighting flared up between Azerbaijan and Armenia that killed dozens of soldiers on both sides. Tensions between these South Caucasus

Friday 12:00 - 1:00PM
Members of the military stand at attention in front of Heydar Aliyev Palace during the Armed Forces Day celebrations on June 26, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Aziz Karimov/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Luke Coffey
Michael Doran
James Carafano
19
September 2022
Past Event
Europe in the Face of War: A Lithuanian Perspective
Featured Speakers:
Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen
Luke Coffey
Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen attends a joint briefing with Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov in Kyiv on May 12, 2021. (Yuliia Ovsiannikova / Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
19
September 2022
Past Event
Europe in the Face of War: A Lithuanian Perspective

This event will stream live on this page on Monday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine presents the greatest sec

Monday 10:00 - 11:00AM
Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen attends a joint briefing with Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov in Kyiv on May 12, 2021. (Yuliia Ovsiannikova / Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen
Luke Coffey
21
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Ukraine’s Latest Security Crisis
Featured Speakers:
David Cattler
Ambassador Baiba Braže
Luke Coffey
Peter Rough (Moderator)
21
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Ukraine’s Latest Security Crisis

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 21. Register for the event here or via the register button.

Friday 12:00 - 1:00PM
Featured Speakers:
David Cattler
Ambassador Baiba Braže
Luke Coffey
Peter Rough (Moderator)