Eliot A. Cohen

American neoconservative military historian

Eliot A. Cohen (born April 3, 1956) is an American political scientist. As of 2023, Cohen is the Robert E. Osgood Professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He co-founded the Project for the New American Century in 1997.


  • Air power is an unusually seductive form of military strength, in part because, like modern courtship, it appears to offer gratification without commitment.
  • The IDF is properly considered one of the best armies in the world: innovative, creative, and skilled. It is so because it can draw upon all of its country's most talented and capable citizens, which is the great benefit of a legitimate system of universal conscription and prolonged reserve service.
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