Prof. Stephen P Cohen

Brookings Institute, USA; Author & Academia

Stephen P. Cohen joined the Brookings Institution as senior fellow in 1998, after a career as a professor of political science and history at the University of Illinois. In 2004, he was named by the World Affairs Councils of America as one of America’s 500 most influential people in the area of foreign policy.

Dr. Cohen is the author, co-author or editor of several books focusing primarily on South Asian security issues, the most recent being The Future of Pakistan (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) and Arming without Aiming: India Modernizes its Military (Brookings Institution Press, 2010). He has also written on India, Pakistan, nuclear proliferation, disaster management, and the application of technology to the prevention or amelioration of terrorism.

In early 2008, Dr. Cohen was visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, where he taught a course on the politics of manmade and natural disaster. He has also taught in Japan (Keio University) and India (Andhra University). He has consulted for numerous foundations and government agencies, and was a member of the Policy Planning Staff (Department of State) from 1985-1987. He was visiting scholar at the Ford Foundation, New Delhi, from 1992-1993.

Dr. Cohen is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on International Security and Arms Control, and was the founder of several arms control and security-related institutions in the United States and South Asia. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in political science and Indian studies from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Cohen is married to Roberta Brosilow, and they have six children and nine grandchildren