Luke Coffey

Senior Fellow, Center on Europe and Eurasia

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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.

Events
09
July 2024
Past Event
Postponed | A Conversation with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mihai Popșoi ahead of the Washington Summit
Featured Speakers:
Mihai Popșoi
Luke Coffey
Daniel Kochis
Mihai Popoi delivers a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, on April 9, 2024. (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP via Getty Images)
09
July 2024
Past Event
Postponed | A Conversation with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mihai Popșoi ahead of the Washington Summit

Mihai Popșoi, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of the Republic of Moldova, will sit down with Luke Coffey for a fireside chat about Moldova’s foreign policy and the Washington summit.

Mihai Popoi delivers a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, on April 9, 2024. (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mihai Popșoi
Luke Coffey
Daniel Kochis
05
June 2024
Past Event
The Crisis in Georgia and Its Implications for the Black Sea Region
Featured Speakers:
Nona Mamulashvili
Laura Thornton
Miriam Lanskoy
Catherine Sendak
Moderator:
Luke Coffey
 Demonstrators hold a Georgian flag during a protest against the “foreign agents” bill after the Georgian Parliament voted through the law on May 15, 2024, in Tbilisi, Georgia.
05
June 2024
Past Event
The Crisis in Georgia and Its Implications for the Black Sea Region

Join Hudson for an expert panel on the regional implications of Georgia’s “Russian Law.”

 Demonstrators hold a Georgian flag during a protest against the “foreign agents” bill after the Georgian Parliament voted through the law on May 15, 2024, in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Featured Speakers:
Nona Mamulashvili
Laura Thornton
Miriam Lanskoy
Catherine Sendak
Moderator:
Luke Coffey
13
May 2024
Past Event
Foreshocks in the Black Sea and Western Balkans: Repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine War
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Richard Kraemer
Dalibor Rohac
Dr. Iulia Joja
Dr. Alina Nychyk
Giorgi Khvedeliani
Daniel Serwer
Ivana Stradner
Moderators:
Daniel Kochis
Reuf Bajrovic
Serbian Army soldiers stand guard in Belgrade on September 25, 2023. (Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images)
13
May 2024
Past Event
Foreshocks in the Black Sea and Western Balkans: Repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine War

Join Hudson for two panel discussions that will examine the futures of the Black Sea and Western Balkan regions.

Serbian Army soldiers stand guard in Belgrade on September 25, 2023. (Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Richard Kraemer
Dalibor Rohac
Dr. Iulia Joja
Dr. Alina Nychyk
Giorgi Khvedeliani
Daniel Serwer
Ivana Stradner
Moderators:
Daniel Kochis
Reuf Bajrovic
03
May 2024
Past Event
Georgia, Ukraine, and the Euro-Atlantic Community: An Update from the Front Lines of Freedom
Featured Speakers:
Nona Mamulashvili
Mamuka Mamulashvili
Moderator:
Luke Coffey
Georgia, Ukraine, and the Euro-Atlantic Community: An Update from the Front Lines of Freedom
03
May 2024
Past Event
Georgia, Ukraine, and the Euro-Atlantic Community: An Update from the Front Lines of Freedom

Join Hudson for a conversation with Nona Mamulashvili, a former member of the Georgian parliament, and Mamuka Mamulashvili, commander of the Georgian Legion in Ukraine.

Georgia, Ukraine, and the Euro-Atlantic Community: An Update from the Front Lines of Freedom
Featured Speakers:
Nona Mamulashvili
Mamuka Mamulashvili
Moderator:
Luke Coffey
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexander Khvtisiashvili attend a press conference after a ministerial meeting on Trans-Caspian connectivity in Aktau, Kazakhstan, on November 25, 2022. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexander Khvtisiashvili attend a press conference after a ministerial meeting on Trans-Caspian connectivity in Aktau, Kazakhstan, on November 25, 2022. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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