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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.

Blog of the Century Posts 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
By Michael Cohen
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 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
The stubborn optimism of Obama’s foreign policy worldview
September 2, 2014
Obama’s Mission Against ISIS Just Fundamentally Changed
August 22, 2014
What did Hillary mean? Depends whom you ask
August 20, 2014
Tea Party steers GOP right - away from White House
August 15, 2014
The Audacity to Be Authentic: Hillary Clinton’s Risky Hedge Against Obama
August 13, 2014
Hillary Clinton gives liberals 2008 deja vu
August 12, 2014
Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Statements Confound Progressives
August 12, 2014
Could an Iran Nuclear Deal Transform Relations with America?
August 6, 2014
Is the Arab-Israeli conflict going to be the war that never ends?
August 6, 2014
In Obama’s Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity
August 1, 2014
Putin’s Dangerous Proxy War
July 18, 2014
Obama’s Understated Foreign Policy Gains
July 9, 2014
Comment is Free Iraq Crisis: Even if Obama Wanted to Fight, America’s Too Weary
June 20, 2014
The Dangerous ‘Good Guy’ Myth
June 20, 2014
Toward a New Foreign Policy Consensus
June 13, 2014
The Real NSA Scandal is Overseas
June 6, 2014
A Reality-Based Army
June 4, 2014
D.C.‘Insiders’ Are Wrong, NATO Could Beat Russia
May 2, 2014
A Friend in Need
May 1, 2014
The American Dream is now just that for its middle classes – a dream
April 28, 2014
How Putin is losing in Crimea: A reality check
April 9, 2014
Bloggingheads: Michael Cohen
March 17, 2014
Snowden-type leaks will force the U.S. to be more transparent
February 25, 2014
Bibi’s grand delusion: ‘no’ is not going to get us anywhere on Iran - or anything
February 21, 2014
The Future of War: Less is More
February 14, 2014
Sochi Travel Updates: No Toothpaste in the Air, ‘Watch Your Backs’ on the Ground
February 6, 2014
Chris Christie was a ticking time bomb. It was only a matter of time before he blew up
February 4, 2014
Chuck Hagel: The Invisible Man
January 23, 2014
Richard Sherman’s Immature Gloating Shows He’s Not Ready for Sport Stardom
January 21, 2014
A more liberal America will emerge, but it isn’t going to happen overnight
January 6, 2014
Watch: Any reason Edward Snowden would ever get clemency?
January 6, 2014
Homeland isn’t just bad TV, it peddles the worst lies about US foreign policy
December 16, 2013
US, Hamid Karzai relationship showing increasing signs of strain
December 1, 2013
JFK’s Greatest Legacy
November 25, 2013
The liberal case for President Obama to strike the Syrian regime
August 29, 2013
Is Obama presiding over a national security state gone rogue?
June 21, 2013
NSA whistleblower revealed
June 10, 2013
What makes the Republican position on Medicaid expansion Truly Sick
June 3, 2013
Contrary to popular belief, President Obama doesn’t have a magic wand
May 8, 2013
Why does America lose its head over ‘terror’ but ignore its daily gun deaths?
April 22, 2013
The First Step
March 20, 2013
Guys, what Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In can do for you
March 14, 2013
Jeb Bush 2016? His Immigration Flip-flop Shows GOP Is Massively Confused.
March 13, 2013
Thank Republicans and their anti-tax nonsense for the sequester showdown
March 1, 2013
America’s Military Can Handle Anything… Except a Budget Cut
February 20, 2013
Chuck Hagel’s Senate hearing: a discredit to all concerned
February 1, 2013
Obama’s second inaugural address: panel verdict
January 22, 2013
Death of the Party?
January 11, 2013

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