July 27, 2016

Stephen P. Cohen

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Former ACDIS Director and Professor Emeritus, Political Science and History

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Areas of Expertise

Expert on South Asian security and nuclear proliferation issues. Currently senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Author of India: Emerging Power.


Stephen P. Cohen is one of the founders and former directors of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he holds appointments as professor emeritus of history and political science. He is a world expert on Asian security and military issues, and the author of The Pakistan Army and The Indian Army (revised edition, 1990), co-author of Brasstacks and Beyond: Perception and Management of Crisis in South Asia (1995) and India: Emerging Power and editor of Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia (1990) and South Asia after the Cold War: International Perspectives (1993). He served for two years on the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff (1985-87) where he advised on matters pertaining to South Asia, security, and proliferation issues. He has also served as a consultant to the Department of State, RAND Corporation, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and the Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia Laboratory. He has appeared regularly on national radio and television programs, including All Things Considered and Nightline.

Professor Cohen spent 1992 to 1993 in New Delhi, India, as the Scholar-in-Residence of the Ford Foundation. He served on the Asia Society\'s 1994 committee study of U.S.-South Asian relations and a sub-committee\'s study on nuclear proliferation in South Asia. Recently, he served on the Council on Foreign Relations 1996 Task Force on South Asia. He was the founder-chair of the Workshop on Security, Technology, and Arms Control for younger South Asian and Chinese strategists, held for the past four years in Pakistan and India and is on the Research Committee of South Asia\'s only regional strategic organization, the Regional Centre for Security Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

He received BA and MA degrees in political science from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in political science in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with a minor field in Indian Studies. He has conducted research in Britain, India, Pakistan, the former Soviet Union, and Japan and has been a visiting professor both in Tokyo and at Andhra University, India. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at The Brookings Institution.



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