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Steven Karl Pifer (born 1953) is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center on the United States and Europe as well as the Director of Brookings' Arms Control Initiative.[1] He was formerly Senior Adviser with the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C., and United States Ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000).

Steven Karl Pifer
Steven Pifer, 2013 (cropped).jpg
United States Ambassador to Ukraine
In office
November 10, 1997 – October 9, 2000
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byWilliam Green Miller
Succeeded byCarlos Pascual
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materStanford University



He is a 1976 graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics.[2]


He served at the United States Embassies in Warsaw, London and Moscow, and as advisor on the U.S. delegation to the negotiations on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva.

From 1978 to 2004 He was a foreign service officer with the US Dept. of State.[3] From 1996 to 1997, he served Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the United States Ambassador to Ukraine. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, with responsibility for Russia and Ukraine.

He was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Institute for International Studies in 2000-2001." [4]


Steven Pifer is author of "The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms" with Michael E. O'Hanlon.[5]


  1. ^ [1], The Brookings Institution, Accessed February 28, 2013.
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  4. ^ Advisory Board, Freeman-Spogli Institute, accessed October 21, 2007.
  5. ^ [2], The Brookings Institution, accessed February 28, 2013.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Green Miller
United States Ambassador to Ukraine
Succeeded by
Carlos Pascual