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Dean Eliot Cohen

Eliot A. Cohen

Dean

About

Eliot Cohen is Dean and Robert E. Osgood Professor the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he has taught since 1990. He 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 in 2007-2009. He writes frequently for major newspapers and is a contributing writer at The Atlantic.
Spring 2013 

Expertise

Topics

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

In the News

Austin focuses inward in first days as Pentagon chief.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen quoted on CNN, 02/05

Reports of the death of American leadership are greatly exaggerated.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen interviewed in Dallas Morning News, 01/24

These old evils require old remedies.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 01/11

Foreign adversaries skewer U.S. after Capitol riots.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen quoted in The Hill, 01/07

A misremembered day of infamy.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen cited in Quillette Magazine, 01/06

Defense secretaries' letter warning Trump was signed by all in only two days.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen and Eric Edelman cited on ABC News, 01/05

Defense secretaries worried about a Trump power grab.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen quoted and Eric Edelman cited in Foreign Policy, 01/04

The SecDefs speak out.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen and Eric Edelman cited in Slate Magazine, 01/04

All former living secretaries support Biden’s claims of Pentagon stonewalling.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen and Eric Edelman cited in U.S. News & World Report, 01/04

Don’t despair.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 01/04

The time to question election results has passed, all living former defense secretaries say.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen and Eric Edelman quoted in The Washington Post, 01/03

Ex-Defense secretaries say military must stay out of election battles.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen cited and Eric Edelman quoted in Politico, 01/03