In the fall of 2015, Professor Cohen outlined his views on the Ukraine Crisis to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Then, as now, the consensus view in Washington and in the U.S. mainstream media was that the Ukrainian crisis, which some have called the worst international crisis of our time, was due solely to Russian aggression under President Vladimir Putin. Cohen’s view, on the other hand, was that U.S. policy since the 1990s was largely responsible, and that unless this is acknowledged at least in part by Washington, no successful negotiated end to the crisis will be possible.
Stephen F. Cohen was Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where for many years he was also director of the Russian Studies Program, and Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies and History at New York University.
He grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Indiana University, and his Ph.D. at Columbia University.
For his scholarly work, Cohen received several honors, including two Guggenheim Fellowships and a National Book Award nomination.
Throughout his long and storied career, Cohen visited and lived in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia regularly for more than forty years.
Steve was a frequent contributor to American media, including for many years as a CBS News commentator where he covered the historic Bush-Gorbachev Summit in Malta. With the producer Rosemary Reed, he served as a project adviser and correspondent for three PBS documentary films about Russia.
Cohen served on the Board of the original American Committee on East-West Accord in the 1970s and 80s and served as the founding Board member of the second iteration of the Committee in 2015. The current American Committee for US-Russia Accord hopes to carry on Steve’s considerable legacy.
Stephen F. Cohen’s patience and magnanimity were on full display in this segment during which he was “interviewed” (not quite the right word) by former Al Jazeera talking head Ali Velshi (who is now with MSNBC, naturally).
Stephen F. Cohen and Anatol Lieven examined Vladimir Putin’s goals in a post-Iraq world and the status of bilateral relations with the U.S.
Part III of a documentary film by Rosemarie Reed examining Russia in the chaotic 1990s through interviews between Russian scholar Stephen F. Cohen and oppositionists Aleksandr Lebed, Aleksandr Rutskoi, Grigory Yavlinsky, and Gennady Zyuganov. From 22 November 1995.
Part II of a documentary film by Rosemarie Reed examining Russia in the chaotic 1990s through interviews between Russian scholar Stephen F. Cohen and oppositionists Aleksandr Lebed, Aleksandr Rutskoi, Grigory Yavlinsky, and Gennady Zyuganov. From 22 November 1995.
“I realized it wasn’t the Soviet Union that was the great danger, it was the potential of nuclear war, and it’s still the case today,” Stephen Cohen said in an interview with Paul Jay in May 2019.
Part I of a documentary film by Rosemarie Reed examining Russia in the chaotic 1990s through interviews between Professor Stephen F. Cohen and oppositionists Aleksandr Lebed, Aleksandr Rutskoi, Grigory Yavlinsky, and Gennady Zyuganov. From November 22, 1995.
In light of the photographs that have surfaced showing the US military attache to Kiev, USAF Col. Brittney Stewart, saluting the grave marker of a member of the neo-Nazi Ukrainian battalion Right Sector, we publish Professor Stephen Cohen’s article from July 2014 which chronicled the wartime atrocities carried out by the American-supported government in Kiev.
Part I of a 1994 documentary film by Rosemarie Reed featuring conversations between former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Professor of Soviet Studies at NYU and Princeton Stephen F. Cohen.
Stephen F. Cohen and Alexander Rabinowitch Reflect on Six+ Decades of Scholarly and Personal Engagement with Russia. At Indiana University Bloomington they were interviewed by their wives: Katrina vanden Heuvel and Janet Rabinowitch.