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Secretary William Cohen

Secretary Cohen at a lectern

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen joins us to discuss national and world affairs—and offers his perspective on how to have more meaningful public discourse over the divisive political issues of our times.


William Cohen served as mayor of Bangor (1971-2); U.S. Congressman (ME-2) 1972-8; U.S. Senator (1978-1996); and Secretary of Defense (1997-2001). Secretary Cohen left the Department of Defense and public life in 2001. He and three other former Pentagon officials founded The Cohen Group, a business consulting firm. He is also a Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Cohen Institute (umaine.edu)

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.