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About Michael A. Cohen

I am a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School’s Center for Strategic Studies at Tufts University where I run a project looking at the history of the war in Afghanistan. I’m also a columnist for MSNBC and the Daily Beast. I am also the author of “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division,” “Live From the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century, and How They Shaped Modern America” and co-author with Micah Zenko of “Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans.”

I’ve written for dozens of news outlets, including as a regular columnist for the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the London Observer, and World Politics Review. I previously worked as a speechwriter at the US State Department, on Capitol Hill, and at NBC; was a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and a fellow at the Century Foundation, the American Security Project, and the World Policy Institute; and I’ve been a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Above all else, I am the father of two kids and the owner of one adorable dog (my kids are also adorable). I live in Brooklyn, and I’m obsessed with the Grateful Dead, the Detroit Lions, and collecting vinyl.

You can reach me at speechboy@mac.com

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Senior Fellow at The Center for Strategic Studies, Fletcher School, Tufts University; Columnist MSNBC and the Daily Beast, Less-Suffering Lions Fan