Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Dr Michael Cohen

Senior Lecturer

M.A., Ph.D. (University of British Columbia), B. Ec. Hons (University of Sydney)

Research interests

  • Interstate Conflict
  • Asia-Pacific Security
  • Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
  • Deterrence and Coercion
  • Leaders
  • Foreign Policy Decision-Making

Biography

Michael Cohen's research addresses the causes of interstate conflict and war with an empirical focus on the Asia Pacific. His book, forthcoming from Georgetown University Press, addresses how nuclear proliferation influences state foreign policy and causes and resolves interstate conflict. His co-edited book, also forthcoming from Georgetown University Press, addresses how North Korea's nuclear capability will influence Pyongyang's foreign policies and those of South Korea, the United States and China.  His research has been published or is forthcoming in International Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, The Journal of Global Security Studies, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, The Non-Proliferation Review, Australian Journal of International Affairs and Strategic Studies Quarterly. Current research projects examine leaders and international conflict, nuclear proliferation and international conflict, extended deterrence, reputation and conflict on the Korean peninsula and the challenges and opportunities facing the Australia-United States alliance. He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark from 2012 to 2015, and in 2014 was a visiting scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. He has over ten years of teaching experience in Canada, Denmark and Australia.

Teaching

  • PICT 110: Introduction to Security Studies
  • PICT 905: Nuclear Weapons

Available student projects

Michael is interested in supervising projects that relate to his research interests.

Publications

Books

  • When Proliferation Causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises. Forthcoming, Georgetown University Press, 2017
  • Nuclear North Korea: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (co-edited with Sung Chull Kim). Georgetown University Press, 2017

Journal Articles

  • "Fear and Loathing: When Nuclear Proliferation Emboldens," forthcoming in Journal of Global Security Studies
  • "Denial in Australian Strategic Thought," forthcoming in Australian Journal of International Affairs (with Adam Lockyer)
  • "Live and Learn: Availability Biases and Beliefs about Military Power," forthcoming in Foreign Policy Analysis
  • "How Nuclear Proliferation Causes Conflict: Proliferation Pessimism Revisited" The Non-Proliferation Review 2016 Vol. 23 Iss 3-4 425-442
  • "Doubts Down Under: American Extended Deterrence, Australia, and the 1999 East Timor Crisis, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (with Andrew O'Neil) Vol. 15 No. 1 (Spring 2015) 27-52
  • "Fear and Learning in Tehran: What Recent Psychological Research Reveals about Nuclear Crises" Strategic Studies Quarterly Vol. 9 No. 1 (Spring 2015) 119-138. Reprinted in 2016 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium Special Edition Perspectives on Deterrence in the Twenty-First Century
  • "How Nuclear South Asia is Like Cold War Europe: The Stability-Instability Paradox Revisited," The Non-Proliferation Review, Vol. 20 No. 3 November 2013
  • "North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and No Good Options? A Controlled Path to Peace," Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol. 1 No. 2 2013 1-17

Book Chapters

  • Introduction: A New Challenge, A New Debate," with Sung Chull Kim, in Michael Cohen and Sung Chull Kim (eds.) Nuclear North Korea: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (forthcoming, Georgetown University Press)
  • "North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and No Good Options? A Controlled Path to Peace," in Michael Cohen and Sung Chull Kim (eds.) Nuclear North Korea: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (forthcoming, Georgetown University Press)
  • "Conclusion: Deterrence and Beyond," with Sung Chull Kim, in Michael Cohen and Sung Chull Kim (eds.) Nuclear North Korea: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (forthcoming, Georgetown University Press)
  • "Mission Impossible? Influencing Iranian and Libyan Sponsorship of Terrorism," in Alex Wilner and Andreas Wenger (eds), Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012) pp. 252-272.
  • "India and the NPT: Power, Legitimacy and Legality," in Wade L. Huntley and Karthika Sasikumar (eds.) Nuclear Cooperation with India: New Challenges, New Opportunities, pp. 90-95. Vancouver: Simons Centre, 2006.

Other Publications

  • "The Effects of Acquiring Nuclear Weapons," International Security 41 1 2016 186-190
  • "Australia's possible strategy shift on Syria is a nod to Russia's influence," The Conversation, October 1 2015 (with Adam Lockyer)
  • "Atomangreb. Baltikum ikke truet af Rusland," Politiken, April 17 2015
  • "The ties that bind us to China and the US," Australian Financial Review,September 4 2013 (with Andrew O'Neil)
  • "Obama's Syria Strategy?" Global Policy Journal, August 3, 2012
  • "Response to Brooks, Ikenberry and Wohlforth, 'Don't Come Home, America: The case Against Retrenchment," H-Diplo, August 12 2013
  • "Obama's Syria strategy is to weaken Iran," Berlingske, July 27 2013, p.27 (in Danish)
  • "What Happens when Iran Gets the Bomb?" Global Policy Journal, May 8, 2012
  • "Don't Issue Iran a Red Line Yet," Global Policy Journal, September 12 2012

Grants and Awards

  • Macquarie University Research Development Grant, 2017-2018 ($49,000)
  • Seoul National University Grant 2015, for hosting edited book manuscript workshop on June 12-13 2015 (with Sung Chull Kim, Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University) ($32,000)
  • Nordic International Studies Association Research Grant 2013, for workshop WMD Nuclear Challenges (with Cindy Vestergaard, Danish Institute for International Studies) ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Denmark and Griffith University 2012 collaboration award (with Andrew O'Neil, Griffith University) ($9,550)
  • "Mission Impossible? Influencing Iranian and Libyan Sponsorship of Terrorism" nominated by a faculty member of ISSS as highly competitive for the ISSS Best Graduate Student Paper award, 2010.

Michael Cohen

Contact

Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 8820
Email: michael.cohen@mq.edu.au
Office location: 
Building Y3A Room 234
Macquarie University NSW 2109