William S. Cohen Lecture Series

The biennial William S. Cohen Lecture Series, the signature program of the Cohen Institute, brings major public figures to campus for a public discussion of significant issues in U.S. politics and international affairs. Past speakers have included former heads of state, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, diplomats, military leaders, and prominent journalists. The events are typically hosted by Secretary Cohen.

 


2019: Secretary William S. Cohen • Secretary John F. Kerry

“Defense and Diplomacy in an Uncertain World”

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2017: Secretary William S. Cohen • Secretary Andrew H. Card Jr. • Ambassador Marc Grossman

“Assessing the First Year of an Unconventional Presidency”

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2015: Secretary William S. Cohen • General Joseph W. Ralston (Ret.) USAF • Ambassador Nicholas Burns

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2013: Senator Alan K. Simpson

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2011: National Security Advisor James L. Jones, General (Ret.), USMC

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2009: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr.

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2007: Bob Woodward, Washington Post

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2005: Dan Rather, CBS News 

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2003: Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

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2001: Senator John Glenn

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1999: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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1998: Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen 

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