Raphael Cohen


Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
  • General profile
General profile



Raphael “Rafi” Cohen is an associate political scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and an adjunct assistant professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He previously held research fellowships at the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute and the National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations. He has written on defense and foreign policy issues for a variety of forums, including the Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, Orbis, World Affairs, Armed Forces Journal, The Weekly Standard, The National Interest, The American Interest, Time, Lawfare and other publications. He also serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed, academic journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. A military intelligence branched major in the Army Reserve, he has held a variety of command and staff positions in both the active and reserve components, including during two combat tours in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 and again from 2007 to 2008.


  • Ph.D. (2014) Georgetown University, Government
  • MA (2011) Georgetown University, Security Studies
  • BA (2004) Harvard University, Government