Angélica is joined by Dr. Eliot A. Cohen on this episode of The World Affairs Report. His recent book “The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force” borrows its title from the famous Theodore Roosevelt quote and deals with the question regarding the role of military power in American foreign policy. Dr. Cohen argues in the book and this podcast that American military power and diplomacy go hand-in-hand and that the world order built by the United States ought to be maintained. Their conversation additionally covers many other global issues including the Iraq War, North Korea, China, terrorism and rogue states. Regardless of current challenges, Dr. Cohen concludes by describing his unending optimism about the role that the United States of America plays in the world.
Dr. Cohen is currently the Director of the Strategic Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. From 2007-2009, he served as a counselor in the United States Department of State under Condoleezza Rice. He received both his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and also serves as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Army War College and is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. You are able to follow him on Twitter @EliotACohen and learn more about his work at www.eliotacohen.com.