Luke Coffey studies and writes on transatlantic relations as the Margaret Thatcher Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He focuses in particular on defense and security matters, including the role of NATO and the European Union in transatlantic and Eurasian security.
Before joining Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in 2012, Coffey served at the UK Ministry of Defence as senior special adviser to then-British Defence Secretary Liam Fox. He was the only non-UK citizen appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to provide advice to senior British ministers.
Among his duties, Coffey helped shape British defense policy in relation to transatlantic security, NATO, the European Union and Afghanistan.
Until going to the Ministry of Defence in 2010, Coffey 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.
Coffey’s 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, Coffey deployed to Afghanistan for a year. He was responsible for developing theater-level policies for enemy detainees in U.S. custody, in support of counterinsurgency strategy.
Coffey’s commentary and analysis have been published in Great Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Express and Sun newspapers and, in the United States, in The Washington Times, Army Times, Defense News, Small Wars Journal and The Week and Steppe magazines. Digital outlets for his work include Huffington Post, CNN.com and FoxNews.com. Coffey has been interviewed by media outlets such as BBC, MSNBC, Sky Arabia, Al Jazeera, British Forces Broadcasting Service, Voice of America, the RT news channel (previously Russia Today) and dozens of other radio and television stations across the U.S. and overseas.
He has testified before Congress on NATO and trans-Atlantic security issues.
Coffey received a master of science degree in the politics and government of the European Union from the London School of Economics. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an associate of arts degree in military science from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo.
A native of Catawissa, Mo., Coffey currently resides in Alexandria, Va.