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Michael Cohen
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Michael Cohen is a fellow at The Century Foundation, a columnist at the Boston Globe and a regular writer and commentator on American politics and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America (Walker Books, 2008) and is currently writing a book on the 1968 presidential election for Oxford University Press. He has previously been a columnist for the Guardian and Foreign Policy and has blogged for both the New York Times and the New York Daily News.

Formerly he was a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the American Security Project. He also served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat. He has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and was chief speechwriter for Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT). He has also worked on political campaigns, both in the United States and overseas.

He is a frequent writer on politics and international affairs, and his work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Foreign AffairsPoliticoWorld Policy Journal, the National Interest, Democracy, the Christian Science MonitorWorld Politics ReviewNationDissent and Reuters Opinion. He has also been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Good Morning America NOW, Fox News, BBC TV, South African television, Al Jazeera, al Hurra, Air America, The Brian Lehrer Show, To the Point with Warren Olney, Pacifica Radio, Sirius/XM Radio’s POTUS and Wall Street Journal Radio.

Michael holds a bachelor’s in international relations from American University and a masters from Columbia University where he is also an adjunct lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Sarah and his daughters Isadora and Scarlett.

Latest Work by Michael Cohen
The United States and Israel at a Crossroads
February 20, 2015
Behind Obama’s Lie, Our Own Immaturity
November 12, 2013
Graphic: The Terror of No Gun Control
May 2, 2013
TCF Fellows Thanassis Cambanis and Michael Cohen Debate The Insurgents and Post-invasion Iraq
January 24, 2013
Michael Cohen on Obama Inaugural Address
January 22, 2013
Death of a Party
January 10, 2013
The Best and Worst in National Security: 2012
December 29, 2012
FEATURING Michael Cohen
Clear Thinking on Terrorism, Not Myths, Needed After Paris Attacks
November 18, 2015
Elections come and go; Obamacare is forever
November 6, 2015
The Use, and Abuse, of Hindsight on Libya, Syria
November 4, 2015
Silent Majority: Peace Camp’s Failures Continue to Haunt Israel
October 28, 2015
House Benghazi Committee Fails to Reveal Anything New
October 23, 2015
Abbas Caught Between Israel’s Intransigence and ‘Stabbing Intifada’
October 21, 2015
Interests, Not Posturing, Drive Russia—and U.S.—Policy on Syria
October 14, 2015
Help Wanted: Gluttons for Punishment in House GOP
October 8, 2015
Marco Rubio Talks Economic Innovation But Forgets Workers
October 7, 2015
Despite Kunduz Tragedy, U.S. Must Resist Impulse to Abandon Afghanistan
October 7, 2015
Alabama ‘Clarifies’ Voter ID Confusion
October 6, 2015
With John Boehner Out, the Worst Is Yet to Come
September 30, 2015
Russia’s Syria Intervention a Blessing in Disguise for U.S.
September 30, 2015
Pentagon Hypes Russia Threat in Effort to Boost Defense Spending
September 23, 2015
In Iran Speech, Clinton Reveals Her Hawkish Tendencies
September 16, 2015
Mitt Romney, Your Party Needs You!
September 11, 2015
Iran Deal Loss Highlights Limits of AIPAC’s Influence
September 9, 2015
John Kasich Is No ‘Moderate’
September 4, 2015
Iran Deal Critics’ Pending Defeat Shows the Downsides of Hawkishness
September 2, 2015
Progress and Frustration in Gun Control
August 28, 2015
What Went Wrong: Republicans Keep Ignoring the Lessons of Iraq
August 26, 2015
Bernie Sanders Is Enjoying a Lift But Only a Fool Would Bet against Hillary Clinton
August 16, 2015
Party Divide on Use of Force Resurfaces in Iran Deal Debate
August 12, 2015
We’re Just Living in Donald Trump’s World
August 7, 2015
Trump Turns US Politics into a (Bad) Reality Show
August 1, 2015
Obama Still Fumbles with Gender Issues
July 31, 2015
Kabuki Theater of Iran Deal Debate Comes With Costs
July 29, 2015
Jonathan Pollard’s Release Was Likely to Happen Regardless of Politics
July 25, 2015
With Iran Nuclear Deal, Obama Guides U.S. to Middle East Off-Ramp
July 24, 2015
Sandra Bland Didn’t Do Anything Wrong
July 23, 2015
GOP’s Problem Isn’t Donald Trump; It’s the Voters
July 22, 2015
Iran Nuclear Deal: Diplomacy Strikes Back
July 17, 2015
George W. Bush doesn’t get it
July 13, 2015
New U.S. Military Strategy Well-Crafted to Protect Pentagon’s Budget
July 8, 2015
America’s Biggest National Security Threats Are at Home, Not Abroad
July 2, 2015
Post-9/11 Measures Make U.S. Hard Target for Islamic State
July 1, 2015
Ten days that turned America into a better place
June 29, 2015
How to make Obamacare better
June 29, 2015
Gun culture makes mass murder routine
June 19, 2015
Clinton’s Foreign Policy Silence Signals Democrats’ Emerging Consensus
June 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton is more than content to run as a liberal populist
June 15, 2015
To Rein in NSA, Target Foreign Activities, Not Domestic Surveillance
June 11, 2015
Rand Paul’s pandering makes his hypocrisy obvious
June 8, 2015
NSA Surveillance Debate Drowned Out on Both Sides by Fear Tactics
June 3, 2015
Bernie Sanders will learn: Candor and winning campaigns don’t mix
May 29, 2015
The Past’s First Lesson: Beware of False Historical Analogies
May 27, 2015
Marco Rubio’s tough-guy act on foreign policy
May 22, 2015
The Real Iraq War Debate’s Lessons for U.S. Foreign Policy
May 20, 2015
Jeb Bush Must Resolve Brotherly Dilemma
May 15, 2015
Crisis Inflation: Why the World Is Actually Safe for America
May 13, 2015
The New Mike Huckabee Is Mad as Hell
May 8, 2015
Baltimore Mother Toya Graham Is No Hero
April 30, 2015
The Speech That Put Chuck Robb ahead of History on Gay Marriage
April 28, 2015
Where’s the Wikileaks Outrage?
April 24, 2015
Clinton, Cruz, Paul Videos Sum Up the 2016 Race
April 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton Must Be Careful Not to Alienate the Left: Expert
April 12, 2015
A Dove Can’t Win a Hawk Fight
April 8, 2015
Iran Deal an Example of How Foreign Policy Should Be Conducted
April 3, 2015
A Ted Cruz Loss Would Help GOP Recover
March 28, 2015
The United States Should Recognize the State of Palestine
March 27, 2015
After Netanyahu’s Victory, US Must Reconsider Relationship with Israel
March 19, 2015
Lack of a Real Obama Scandal Means Focus Turns to Hillary Clinton’s E-mail
March 13, 2015
State of the Union Buster
March 10, 2015
Iran Deal-Making Is about the Least Worst Option
March 7, 2015
Hillary Clinton in Pole Position for US Presidency as Republicans Veer Off Course
March 7, 2015
Netanyahu on Capitol Hill: Israeli PM calls for Deal Breaker with Iran
March 4, 2015
Netanyahu Didn’t Offer Any New Ideas on Iran
March 3, 2015
Democrats Should Boycott Netanyahu’s Speech
February 27, 2015
Rehab, Jeb Bush-Style
February 27, 2015
Chapel Hill Murders Weren’t about Religion, But about Guns
February 20, 2015
How to Talk to Israel’s Voters
February 19, 2015
James Risen and the Reporter’s Responsibility
February 19, 2015
How Vietnam Haunts the Democrats
February 17, 2015
Be Not Afraid
February 16, 2015
Killing Obamacare Would Kill Americans
February 13, 2015
Why Vaccines Matter
February 7, 2015
Are threats to US bigger than ever? No
February 2, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu Goes Too Far
January 29, 2015
Lindsey Graham: Wrong on Everything
January 28, 2015
In State of the Union, Obama Offers a Choice
January 21, 2015
Bursting The Myths About LBJ
January 21, 2015
For New Congress, It’s Same Old, Same Old
January 15, 2015
The Price of Republicans’ Political Success
January 7, 2015
Three Ways to Increase Gun Safety in the Home
January 5, 2015
The Honey Badger Presidency
December 27, 2014
Media Overreach in Sony Hack
December 23, 2014
The End of Benjamin Netanyahu?
December 16, 2014
Dick Cheney’s Defense of CIA Torture Shows How Low We Can Go
December 16, 2014
Three Ways to Increase Gun Safety in the Home
December 12, 2014
Debunking Retreat Argument Against Obama’s Foreign Policy
December 5, 2014
Obama’s Answer to the Election: China
November 14, 2014
What Election 2014 Means for Hillary Clinton in 2016
November 11, 2014
Obamacare Not in Such a Dire Shape
November 11, 2014
Why does America clean house every two years?
November 6, 2014
Democrats Have Deserted Him. The Post-Obama Era Has Begun
October 27, 2014
Obama’s great dilemma: to be or not to be the world’s policeman
September 19, 2014
The Punditry Versus the Presidency on ISIS
September 11, 2014
Michel Cohen Defending Obama’s Strategy on Dealing with ISIS
September 4, 2014
There’s time for prudence in addressing ISIS threat
September 3, 2014
The punditry vs. the presidency
September 2, 2014
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