Steve Andreasen

Affiliate Faculty Member

Steve Andreasen is a national security consultant to the Nuclear Threat Initiative and its Nuclear Security Project in Washington, D.C., and teaches courses on National Security Policy and Crisis Management in Foreign Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

He served as director for defense policy and arms control on the U.S. National Security Council at the White House from February 1993 to January 2001. He was the principal advisor on strategic policy, nuclear arms control and missile defense to the National Security Advisor and the President. During the Bush Sr. and Reagan Administrations, Andreasen served in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, dealing with a wide-range of defense policy, arms control, nuclear weapons and intelligence issues.

As a presidential management fellow, he served as a special assistant to Ambassador Paul H. Nitze in the U.S. State Department, focusing on the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, and as a foreign policy and defense legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Jr. Andreasen received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1984 and graduated with an MA from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in 1986.

In 2002, Andreasen was the Democratic candidate for Congress in Minnesota's first Congressional District.

His articles and opinion pieces have been published in Foreign Affairs, Survival, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Politico, Arms Control Today, Strategic Survey, In the National Interest and the Guardian.

In The Media

Steve Andreasen, a national security expert and Humphrey School affiliate faculty member, wrote this commentary expressing concern that President Trump might pull the United States out of the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. 

Washington Post
June 26, 2019

Foreign policy expert Steve Andreasen, a Humphrey School adjunct faculty member, wrote this commentary asking whether the United States will hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

Washington Post
October 26, 2018