Luke Coffey studies and writes on U.S.-UK 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 security.
Before joining Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in 2012, Coffey served at the UK Ministry of Defense as senior special adviser to then-British Defense 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 Defense 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’s Military Police Corps. 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 has been published in Great Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Defense News, Small Wars Journal and The Week and Steppe magazines. He also has been interviewed by media outlets such as BBC and the RT news channel (previously Russia Today).
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.