Avner Cohen

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Dr. Avner Cohen "is currently a Senior Research Fellow at CISSM and an independent consultant on nuclear proliferation and the Middle East issues. In the year 1997-98 he was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) working on issues related to spread and control of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Dr. Cohen was co-director of the Project on Nuclear Arms Control in the Middle East at the Defense and Arms Control Studies (DACS) program at MIT for five years (1990-95).

"After undergraduate study at Tel Aviv University in Philosophy and History (1975), Cohen earned his M.A. in Philosophy at York University (1977) and Ph.D. from the Committee on History of Culture of the University of Chicago (1981). He was a member of the philosophy department at Tel Aviv University from 1983 to 1991 and has been a visiting professor at various American universities and colleges, including Washington University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

"In 1987-88 he was a research fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he developed the notion of "opaque" nuclear proliferation. He is the co-editor of Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity (Rowman & Allanheld, 1986), The Institution of Philosophy (Open Court, 1989), and the author of The Nuclear Age as Moral History (in Hebrew, 1989). His study on the political history of the Israeli nuclear program, Israel and the Bomb, was published in 1998 (Columbia University Press) and in a Hebrew version in Israel by Schoken Publishing House in 2000.

"Dr. Cohen has published articles in many academic journals such as Ethics, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Survival, Security Studies, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Nonproliferation Review, The Washington Quarterly, The Journal of Israeli History, the Middle East Journal, Israel Studies, as well as many op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, as well as Ha'aretz, and Davar in Israel." [1]

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  1. Avner Cohen, CISSM, accessed December 28, 2007.