Steven Keil is a fellow and program officer focusing on GMF’s security and defense policy work in Washington, DC. Keil works on issues surrounding the U.S.-German relationship, the broader transatlantic relationship, U.S. national security, and the politics of the post-Soviet space. Prior to joining GMF, he was a fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Berlin, where he conducted work placements in the CDU/CSU Foreign Policy Working Group in the Bundestag, as well as the Eastern European and Eurasian Research Division at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. Previously, Keil also worked in the United States Senate for the personal office of U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD). Keil received his bachelor’s from the University of South Dakota in political science, German, and history and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service BMW Center of German and European Studies. He speaks fluent German and basic Russian.
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