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Updated: May 27, 2010

Dr. Avner Cohen Joins CNS as Senior Fellow

Dr. Cohen will be based at the Center's Washington, DC, office.

Press Release

Monterey, May 27, 2010

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) of the Monterey Institute of International Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Avner Cohen has joined the Center as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Cohen will be based at the Center's Washington, DC, office.

Dr. Cohen, widely known for his path-breaking history of the Israeli nuclear program, is an internationally recognized author and expert on nonproliferation issues, focusing on the Middle East. A consultant to a range of NGOs and governmental agencies, Dr. Cohen joins CNS after serving as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2009-10) and following a ten-year affiliation with the Center for International and Security Studies (CISSM) at the University of Maryland.

"I'm delighted that Dr. Cohen has become a member of the CNS family," said CNS Director Dr. William C. Potter. "His historical scholarship and journalist's instinct for important stories have made him one of today's most widely respected chroniclers of nuclear affairs. With the Middle East so central to current proliferation concerns, Dr. Cohen's arrival could not be more timely. We are all greatly looking forward to working with him."

Dr. Cohen is a two-time winner of prestigious MacArthur Foundation research and writing awards, in 1990 and 2004, and in 1997-98 and 2007-08, was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In addition, Dr. Cohen was co-director of the Project on Nuclear Arms Control in the Middle East at the Security Studies Program at MIT from 1990 to 1995. He has been a visiting professor at a number of U.S. universities, and in 2005, was Forchheimer Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University.

Dr. Cohen is the co-editor of Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity (1986) and The Institution of Philosophy (1989), and author of The Nuclear Age as Moral History (in Hebrew, 1989). His most acclaimed book, Israel and the Bomb, was published in 1998 in English and in 2000 in Hebrew. His latest work, The Worst Kept Secret: Israel's Bargain with the Bomb, will be published in October 2010 by Columbia University Press.

A frequent commenter in the media, Dr. Cohen holds a B.A. in Philosophy and History from Tel Aviv University, an M.A. in Philosophy from York University, and a Ph.D. from the Committee on History of Culture of the University of Chicago (1981).

He may be reached by email at

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