Ariel Cohen

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Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Yalta, Crimea) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Heritage Foundation.[2] He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Cohen graduated Bar-Ilan University Law School in Israel in 1986 with L.L.B. In 1989 he received an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy and in 1993 a PhD. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.[4]

Political and media work[edit]

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[5] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[6] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[7][8]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai International Discussion Club,[9] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[10][11][12]

Key predictions[edit]

In 1995, Cohen warned that the crime and corruption sweeping Eurasia was threatening to damage foreign investment and democratic institutions in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He cautioned that financial aid to the Russian government would end up in criminal hands.[13] He further predicted the 1998 Russian financial crisis.[14]

In July 2001, just two months before Al-Qaeda struck the United States, Cohen testified before Congress encouraging the U.S. government to “counter the efforts of radical Islamic groups in Central Asia, including the Taliban and the Osama bin Laden organization”.[15]

In 2006, and again in 2008, Cohen warned about the possibility of war between Russian and Georgia.[16][17]

In 2008, Cohen forewarned that oil prices in the $140–$150 range per barrel would cause a worldwide economic crisis.[18]

Select Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

The Russian Military and the Georgia War: Lessons and Implications[19] (with Robert E. Hamilton and Strategic Studies Institute), (Military Bookshop, 2011) ISBN 978-1780395135

Kazakhstan: The Road to Independence[20] Central Asia Caucasus Institute, 2008, paperback] ISBN 978-9185937363

Kazakhstan: Energy Cooperation with Russia - Oil, Gas and Beyond[21] (GMB Publishing, 2006, paperback) ISBN 978-1905050413

Eurasia in Balance[22] (Ashgate, 2005, hardcover), ISBN 978-0754644491

Russian Imperialism: Development and Crisis[23] (Praeger, 1996 – hardcover, 1998-paperback), ISBN 978-0275964818

Essays[edit]

"Russian Missiles to Syria Endanger U.S. Foreign Policy Goals" The Heritage Foundation May 29, 2013 [24]

"How More Economic Freedom Will Attract Investment to Kazakhstan and Central Asia" The Heritage Foundation June 26, 2012 [25]

"Reset Regret: Heritage Foundation Recommendations" The Heritage Foundation August 5, 2011 [26]

“Central Asian Terrorism: An Emerging Threat to U.S. Security” with Morgan Roach The Heritage Foundation June 13, 2011[27]

“Turkey after the Elections: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy” with Sally McNamara The Heritage Foundation June 8, 2011[28]

Testimonies[edit]

"Time to Pause the Reset? Defending U.S. Interests in the Face of Russian Aggression", Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, July 7, 2011[29]

"European and Eurasian Energy: Developing Capabilities for Security and Prosperity, Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia", Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, June 2, 2011[30]

"Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Oil Dependence", Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, March 22, 2007[31]

Current Appointments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USSR's Top Ten". Pravda. 2003-12-18. 
  2. ^ White, Jonathan (2013). e-Study Guide for: Terrorism and Homeland Security. ISBN 9780495913368. 
  3. ^ The Heritage, Foundation. "Ariel Cohen". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Ariel Cohen". Wikistrat. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "The Kennan Institute". 
  6. ^ Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. "Dr. Ariel Cohen". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. "Author Profile". The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Ariel (June 16, 2009). "http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/opinion/17iht-edacohen.html". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Valdai, Club. "Contributors". 
  10. ^ The National Interest. "Author Profile". The National Interest. 
  11. ^ Cohen, Ariel (August 19, 2010). [tp://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/19/russia-bears-down/ "COHEN: Russia bears down Obama’s ‘reset’ button is broken"]. The Washington Times. 
  12. ^ NNDB. "Profile". NNDB. 
  13. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Crime and Corruption in Eurasia: A Threat to Democracy and International Security". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Russia's Borrowing Spree: A Looming Financial Crisis". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  15. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "U.S. Foreign Policy Interests and Human Rights in Central Asia". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  16. ^ The Endowment for Middle East Truth. "EMET Advisory Board Bio". The Endowment for Middle East Truth. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Springtime is for War?". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  18. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "What Is Driving the High Oil Prices?". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  19. ^ Cohen, Ariel (2011). The Russian Military and the Georgia War: Lessons and Implications. Military Bookshop. ISBN 978-1780395135. 
  20. ^ Cohen, Ariel (2008). Kazakhstan: The Road to Independence. Central Asia Caucasus Institute. ISBN 978-9185937363. 
  21. ^ Cohen, Ariel (2006). Kazakhstan: Energy Cooperation with Russia - Oil, Gas and Beyond. GMB Publishing. ISBN 978-1905050413. 
  22. ^ Cohen, Ariel (2005). Eurasia in Balance. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0754644491. 
  23. ^ Cohen, Ariel (1996). Russian Imperialism: Development and Crisis. Praeger. ISBN 978-0275964818. 
  24. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Russian Missiles to Syria Endanger U.S. Foreign Policy Goals". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "How More Economic Freedom Will Attract Investment to Kazakhstan and Central Asia". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  26. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Reset Regret: Heritage Foundation Recommendations". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  27. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Central Asian Terrorism: An Emerging Threat to U.S. Security". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  28. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Turkey after the Elections: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  29. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "TIME TO PAUSE THE RESET? DEFENDING U.S. INTERESTS IN THE FACE OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION". HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  30. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "European and Eurasian Energy Developing Capabilities for Security and Prosperity". U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia Foreign Affairs Committee,. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  31. ^ Cohen, Ariel. "Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Oil Dependence". Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved 12 March 2012.