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Welcome to The Cohen Institute

110713_AK_dsc_6900It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service. As you browse through our recently renovated website, you will discover that the Cohen Institute serves as one of the University of Maine’s principal entities for education, outreach and research on important and timely international issues.

This website will provide you an in depth view of the Cohen Institute and our work at the University. Whether you are interested in our history, our founder Secretary William S. Cohen, or you want to learn about our current projects and how you might participate in them, you will find all the information you need right here.

The signature event of the Cohen Institute is its biennial William S. Cohen Lecture Series, which brings distinguished speakers with informed perspectives on matters related to international policy and commerce to the University. Established in 1998, speakers have included Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen (1998), Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (2000), Senator John Glenn (2001), Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (2003), Journalist Dan Rather (2005), Journalist Bob Woodward (2007), U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (2009), National Security Advisor James Jones, General (Ret.), USMC (2011), and most recently Senator Alan Simpson (2013). You can now watch each of these lectures online, simply by visiting our Lecture Series page and clicking on the links.

The Cohen Center is currently conducting original research on international issues of significance in the 21st century. In February 2014, the Cohen Center appointed its first Cohen Research Associate, who is currently exploring the twin concepts that “history repeats itself” and “past is prologue” through a project titled “U.S. – Russia Relations: Through the Lenses of the Cohen Papers,” which attempts to explain contemporary Russian-American relations by examining two important periods in history. The research is using the University’s Cohen Papers as a primary resource for this project. The project is expected to end in Summer 2015.

We are excited to announce, in association with our partners at the University – the School of Policy and International Affairs, the Political Science department, and the forthcoming Institute for Leadership and Democracy – the founding of the Cohen Journal for Leadership and Democracy. This student-based journal will focus on issues of importance to U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The inaugural issue is expected to be published in the Fall semester of 2014. If you are interested in serving on the editorial board, submitting a paper, or want to find out more about the Journal, please visit the Cohen Journal page and follow the contact information provided.

Thank you once again for your interest in the Cohen Institute. We hope that you explore what the William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service has to offer and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The Cohen Center’s 2013, Cohen Lecture with Senator Alan Simpson.