Bio


Steven Pifer is William J Perry Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, affiliated with the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Europe Center. He is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

Pifer is a retired Foreign Service officer. His more than 25 years with the Department of State included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for Russia and Ukraine, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and special assistant to the President and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council. He also served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow and London, as well as in Geneva with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces.

Following his retirement from the Foreign Service, Pifer spent nine years as a resident scholar at the Brookings Institution, where he authored The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times. He is a graduate of Stanford with a BA in economics.

Academic Appointments


  • Soc Sci Res Assoc, Center for International Security and Cooperation

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Nuclear arms control and nuclear weapons policy, Ukraine, Russia, European secuiity

2020-21 Courses


All Publications


  • UKRAINE, NATO, AND RUSSIA TURKISH POLICY QUARTERLY Pifer, S. 2020; 19 (2): 43–53
  • Washington-Moscow nuclear verification: Tensions and solutions Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Pifer, S. 2018; 74 (5): 297-304