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Eliot A. Cohen

Robert E. Osgood Professor


Eliot Cohen is the Robert E. Osgood Professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he has taught since 1990. He served as Dean of SAIS from 2019 to 2021. Cohen received his BA and PhD degrees from Harvard University and after teaching there and at the Naval War College founded the Strategic Studies program at SAIS. His books include The Big Stick (2017), Conquered into Liberty (2011), and Supreme Command (2002). In addition to public service in the Department of Defense he served as Counselor of the Department of State from 2007 to 2009. He writes frequently for major newspapers and is a contributing writer at The Atlantic.
Spring 2013 



  • American Defense Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • International Relations
  • Modern Military History
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • Strategic Studies
  • Strategy

In the News

An open letter in defense of democracy.

Eliot A. Cohen cited in The New Republic, 10/27

Woodrow Wilson and the Great War.

Eliot A. Cohen and Eric Edelman hosted Shield of the Republic podcast, 10/26

Former Bush administration official: Jihadi movements have won.

Eliot A. Cohen interviewed on CNN, 08/19

A moment for soul-searching.

Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 08/16

Biden’s Afghanistan exit raises questions about his foreign-policy record.

Eliot A. Cohen quoted in Wall Street Journal, 08/15

How does one process defeat?

Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 07/29

Former Defense Secretary expresses concern over U.S. troop withdrawal.

Eliot A. Cohen interviewed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, 04/28

Exit strategy.

Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 04/13