Archive | Stephen F. Cohen

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.

From the Archive: Stephen F. Cohen’s Speech at the Commonwealth Club of California

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.

From the Archive: Russia Betrayed? Voices of the Opposition, Part III of IV

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.

From the Archive: Russia Betrayed?: Voices of the Opposition, Part II of IV

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.

From the Archive: Russia Betrayed? Voices of the Opposition, Part 1

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.

From the Archive: Kiev’s Atrocities and the Silence of the Hawks by Stephen F. Cohen

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.

From the Archive: “Russian Odysseys” Part 2 Featuring Stephen F. Cohen and Alexander Rabinowitch

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.

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