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 CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio, and VOA, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The 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, as well as 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 to Ukraine, 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 co-author of "The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms" (Brookings Institution Press, October 2012). His other publications include “Missile Defense in Europe: Cooperation or Contention?” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #8 (May 2012); “Ukraine’s Perilous Balancing Act,” Current History (March 2012); “NATO, Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control,” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #7 (July 2011); “The Next Round: The United States and Nuclear Arms Reductions After New START,” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #4 (November 2010); “Ukraine’s Geopolitical Choice, 2009,” Eurasian Geography and Economics (July 2009); “Reversing the Decline: An Agenda for U.S.-Russian Relations in 2009,” Brookings paper (January 2009).

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
Global Zero, member
Nuclear Security Working Group, member
Ukraine 2020 Project, task force co-chair
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 CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio, and VOA, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The 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, as well as 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 to Ukraine, 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 co-author of “The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms” (Brookings Institution Press, October 2012). His other publications include “Missile Defense in Europe: Cooperation or Contention?” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #8 (May 2012); “Ukraine’s Perilous Balancing Act,” Current History (March 2012); “NATO, Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control,” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #7 (July 2011); “The Next Round: The United States and Nuclear Arms Reductions After New START,” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #4 (November 2010); “Ukraine’s Geopolitical Choice, 2009,” Eurasian Geography and Economics (July 2009); “Reversing the Decline: An Agenda for U.S.-Russian Relations in 2009,” Brookings paper (January 2009).

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
Global Zero, member
Nuclear Security Working Group, member
Ukraine 2020 Project, task force co-chair
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, senior advisor

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