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Lecturer Steve Andresen of the Humphrey Institute

Steve Andreasen


Phone: 507-269-0820
Office: Humphrey School

Areas of Expertise

National security, foreign and defense policy; arms control; nuclear weapons; nuclear proliferation; missile defense; intelligence; crisis management


Steve Andreasen served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House from February 1993 – 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 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 Intern, he served as a Special Assistant to Ambassador Paul Nitze in the State Department focusing on the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, and as a Foreign Policy and Defense Legislative Assistant in the office of Senator Albert Gore Jr.

Andreasen received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1984 and graduated with an M.A. 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, Arms Control Today, Strategic Survey and In the National Interest. In April of 2006, he was selected by student ballot as Humphrey School Teacher of the Year.

Courses Taught

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