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February 1, 2009
Eliot Cohen
Former Counselor to State Department & Senior Adviser to Sec. Condoleezza Rice, 2007-09
Eliot Cohen BIO:
CURRENT:
Founding Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University

PREVIOUS:
· Counselor of State Department & special adviser to Secretary Rice and to the bureaus particularly with regard to matters of war and peace (4/30/07-1/09)
· Named to the Robert E. Osgood chair at SAIS in 2004, and has twice won the school’s Excellence in Teaching Award
· Adjunct professor at the United States Army War College, where he advised the Advanced Strategic Art Program, and was a longstanding member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board and of the National Security Advisory Panel for the National Intelligence Council
· In 1991-93, he directed and edited the official study of air power in the 1991 war with Iraq. For his leadership of The Gulf War Air Power Survey, which included eleven book-length reports, he received the Air Force’s decoration for exceptional civilian service
· In February 1990, he joined the Policy Planning Staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and in July of that year he was appointed to a professorship at SAIS
· In 1985, he became a member of the Strategy Department of the United States Naval War College
· Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard, and Assistant Dean of Harvard College (1982-85)

MILITARY:
In 1982 he was commissioned in the United States Army Reserve. His service included several years as Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

EDUCATION:
Graduate of Harvard College in 1977 in government (political science) & Ph.D. there in same subject in 1982.

BOOKS:
Author of Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime (2002), Commandos and Politicians (1978) & Citizens and Soldiers (1985). Co-Author of Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War (1990), Revolution in Warfare? Air Power in the Persian Gulf (1995), and Knives, Tanks, and Missiles: Israel’s Security Revolution (1998), and co-editor of Strategy in the Contemporary World (2002) and War over Kosovo (2001).

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Info: This week on Q&A, our guest is Eliot Cohen. He talks about his experiences at the State Department in the Bush Administration serving as a counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the past two years.

He is currently the director of the strategic studies program at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Read Eliot Cohen's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed





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