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Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow with the India Project in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, following 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.

Cohen is the author, co-author or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues, the most recent being Shooting for a Century, The India-Pakistan Conundrum (Brookings Institution Press, 2013) and The Future of Pakistan (Brookings Institution Press, 2011). He has also written books on India, Pakistan, nuclear proliferation, disaster management and the application of technology to the prevention or amelioration of terrorism.

In early 2008, Cohen was a 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 disasters. He also taught in Japan at Keio University, and in India at Andhra University. He has consulted for numerous foundations and government agencies, and was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State from 1985-1987. He was a visiting scholar at the Ford Foundation, New Delhi, from 1992-1993.

National Academy of Science, Committee on Security and Arms Control, consultant and former member
National Intelligence Council, academic associate
University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign, professor emeritus of history and political science