Stéphane COHEN

National security expert | Briefing ministerial and top-level officials | Analysis & field experience | Lead contact with UNDOF, UNIFIL, IDF Northern Command

Stephane Cohen joined the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in 2017, as an analyst focusing on the contemporary Middle East and Syria.

Stephane served as the Director of the Diplomatic Program at The Israel Project (TIP), a non-profit education group based in Washington and Jerusalem that provides facts to press, policymakers and the public on issues affecting Israel and the Middle East, the Jewish people and America’s interests in the Middle East.

Fourth generation in military, Maj. (Res.) Stéphane Cohen is a regional security expert who served 12 years in the IDF, his last positions in the Strategic Division (J5) as Commanding Officer of the IDF Liaison Unit to UN Forces in Syria, Lebanon and Israel.

The first IDF officer to be sent to the official UN Military Observers Course, he held different positions as the military liaison between multiple government agencies and international organizations in times of peace and conflict.

During the second Lebanon War in 2006, Stéphane served at the Lebanese border liaising between UN and IDF Forces in the conflict and was involved in the work in building the new coordination and liaison system with UNIFIL following UNSCR 1701.

During his active service and afterwards he took part in many missions and projects with foreign forces in Israel and abroad.

Recipient of the State of Israel President’s Award for Outstanding service and Israel Air Force Excellency Decoration. Active in military and public diplomacy for two decades, he is a well-respected expert in diplomatic circles.

Born in France, Stephane speaks three languages and has an honors BA in Social and Human Sciences and an MA in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University.