Steven James Coffey

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

Europe, Russia, and Eurasia

Steven has served for thirty-one years in the Department of State. From 1995-1998, he was principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He began his career as a political analyst in the Soviet division of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) and then served as the kremlinologist in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. After a sabbatical at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, he served on the team negotiating the INF Treaty and then as a deputy director in the State Department's Office for Strategic Nuclear Affairs. From 1985-1988, he worked as a special assistant on Soviet affairs for the Under Secretary of state for Political Affairs, participating in negotiations that led to the Soviet withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. After serving as Deputy chief of Mission in Algiers (1989-1992), he headed the first unit in the State Department devoted exclusively to Russian affairs after the collapse of communism. He later served as Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Prague and then as director of the INR offices for Russian and Eurasian Affairs and for European Affairs. He retired as a member of the Senior Foreign Service in 2008. He has taught at GWU since 2010.


Current Research

18th Century Russian relations with Europe


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (Madison)