The Cohen Journal

The Cohen Journal (TCJ) is the University of Maine’s preeminent student-based, peer-reviewed research journal. Established by the Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service in 2014, the journal features the quality student research produced at Maine’s flagship institution of research and higher learning

Internationally, the geopolitical relationship between Russia and the western world is at its weakest state since the height of the Cold War. The Daesh continues to occupy vast territories in Iraq and Syria and strike at international targets, such as the Paris attacks, the bombings in Beirut, and the downing of a Russian airliner. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear ambitions continue to pose a threat to US national security and international stability.

Domestically, the US intelligence community is embroiled in controversy concerning the “systemic  mass data collection” of US citizens’ phone records, and Washington continues to be stuck in a quagmire of partisan gridlock.

These issues underscore the necessity for clear, thoughtful, and strategic leadership – both domestically and internationally. By identifying and publishing research produced by undergraduate and postgraduate students, we contribute to a further understanding of, and enlightened dialogue on, issues of vital importance to the US and wider international community.

The first issue of TCJ was published in the fall semester of 2014. TCJ is in a web-based formate and is available for download here. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, applying for a post on the editorial board, or have any other questions, please contact:

Editorial Board 2017/18



Walter Beckwith – Research Communications Coordinator, Division of Marketing and Communications

Assistant Editor

Sarah Lowden – Ph.D Student, Anthropology
Jamie Haverkamp – Ph.D Student, Anthropology

Faculty Advisory Board 2015/16

Dr. Kristin Vekasi (Chair) – Assistant Professor of Political Science and SPIA 

Dr. James W. Warhola – Professor of Political Science

Dr. Robert Glover – Assistant Professor of Political Science & Honors

Dr. Mark Brewer – Professor of Political Science