Steven Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He focuses on arms control, Russia, and Ukraine. He has offered commentary regarding these issues on National Public Radio, CNN, Fox News, BBC, PBS, and VOA, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Interest, Financial Times, Moscow Times, and Kyiv Post, among others.

A retired foreign service officer, his more than 25 years with the State Department focused on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, arms control, and security issues. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine from 2001 to 2004, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000, and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council from 1996 to 1997. In addition, he served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow, and London, as well as with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva.

Pifer is author of “The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times” (Brookings Institution Press, forthcoming, spring 2017) and co-author of "The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms" (Brookings Institution Press, October 2012). His other publications include “Nuclear Arms Control Choices for the Next Administration,” Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Series Paper #13 (October 2016); “Obama’s Faltering Nuclear Legacy: the 3Rs,” in The Washington Quarterly (August 2015); “A Realist’s Rationale for a World Without Nuclear Weapons,” in “The War That Must Never be Fought,” Shultz/Goodby, eds., (March 2015); and “Ukraine’s Perilous Balancing Act,” in Current History (March 2012).

Affiliations:
American Academy of Diplomacy, member, board of directors
Council on Foreign Relations, member
Eastern Europe Group, member, advisory council
Eurasia Foundation, member, advisory council
Friends of Ukraine Network, associate member
Global Zero, member
Nuclear Security Working Group, member
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, senior advisor

Steven Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He focuses on arms control, Russia, and Ukraine. He has offered commentary regarding these issues on National Public Radio, CNN, Fox News, BBC, PBS, and VOA, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Interest, Financial Times, Moscow Times, and Kyiv Post, among others.

A retired foreign service officer, his more than 25 years with the State Department focused on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, arms control, and security issues. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine from 2001 to 2004, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000, and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council from 1996 to 1997. In addition, he served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow, and London, as well as with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva.

Pifer is author of “The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times” (Brookings Institution Press, forthcoming, spring 2017) and co-author of “The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms” (Brookings Institution Press, October 2012). His other publications include “Nuclear Arms Control Choices for the Next Administration,” Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Series Paper #13 (October 2016); “Obama’s Faltering Nuclear Legacy: the 3Rs,” in The Washington Quarterly (August 2015); “A Realist’s Rationale for a World Without Nuclear Weapons,” in “The War That Must Never be Fought,” Shultz/Goodby, eds., (March 2015); and “Ukraine’s Perilous Balancing Act,” in Current History (March 2012).

Affiliations:
American Academy of Diplomacy, member, board of directors
Council on Foreign Relations, member
Eastern Europe Group, member, advisory council
Eurasia Foundation, member, advisory council
Friends of Ukraine Network, associate member
Global Zero, member
Nuclear Security Working Group, member
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, senior advisor

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