Luncheon Speaker’s Biography March 26, 2018
Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies
at The Heritage Foundation
Luke Coffey oversees research on nations stretching from South America to the Middle East as director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to becoming Director of the Allison Center, Luke served as Margaret Thatcher Fellow in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, where he focused on trans-Atlantic and Eurasian security issues.
Before joining Heritage, Luke served in the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence as senior special advisor to then Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox. He was the first ever non-UK national to be appointed by the Prime Minister into this role. Prior to this, he worked in the House of Commons as an advisor on defense and security issues for the Conservative Party.
His work in British politics followed his service to the United States as a commissioned officer in the Army stationed in Italy with the Army’s Southern European Task Force. In 2005 he deployed to Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Coffey has testified before Congress on NATO and transatlantic security issues. 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.
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 bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and studied African politics as a visiting undergraduate at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
An avid traveler, Coffey has lived on four continents and visited 64 countries. He is a native of Catawissa, MO.