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Eliot Cohen

Eliot Cohen

Professor of Strategic Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University
Eliot Cohen is Robert E. Osgood Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He directs the strategic studies program and the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, which he founded. From 2007 to 2009 he served as counselor of the Department of State. He has also served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve, and as a member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as other government advisory bodies. Cohen’s books include Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War and The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power & the Necessity of Military Force (January 2017). 

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Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post June 27, 2010

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Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal June 23, 2010

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Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal June 7, 2010

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Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal January 11, 2010

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Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post December 6, 2009

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Eliot Cohen, Wall Street Journal August 3, 2009

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Jeffrey Anderson, Johns Hopkins Magazine April, 2009

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Most historians cringe at talk of the "lessons of history." Politicians and policymakers, on the other hand, have few compunctions about drawing on historical analogies to frame and explain policy choices.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

War forces us, or should force us, to ask hard questions of ourselves. 

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Barack Obama may not have envisioned himself as a wartime commander in chief in 2008, but that is what he inevitably became. He will be faulted for many things in this role, no doubt, but one of the weightiest criticisms is, on its surface, the least probable for this rhetorically gifted man: his failures of speech.

Friday, June 3, 2016

As Obama ends U.S. security guarantees, nuclear weapons and violence will spread.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The most curious thing about this president is that he was elected in the midst of three open wars — the struggle against al-Qaeda and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan — and yet he could not conceive of himself as a war president.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Perhaps the president and his aides are declinists, who think of the United States as too weak to act; perhaps they are indifferent; perhaps they are merely incompetent. In any event, this president will leave his successor a country that is considerably less secure than it was when he took the oath of office.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Obama administration entered office with a theory of foreign policy that has failed the test of practice.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

President Obama has emboldened America's adversaries and unnerved its allies.

Monday, June 7, 2010

What is the point of making strategic recommendations to someone who has not the slightest interest in hearing them?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A new commander in chief will soon face hard decisions about how and when to deploy America’s military might. What principles should guide him?

Friday, November 18, 2016