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Matthew Cohen received his PhD in Political Science at Northeastern University in 2018. During his time at Northeastern he was a Lecturer in Political Science. He also worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Merrimack University specializing in both emerging security threats, with a focus on cyber-security, and the Middle East. Matthew has previously published on cyber-security policy, delegitimization and lawfare, Israeli security policy, Turkish-Israeli relations, and Turkish politics. He has previously published with e-international relations.

Research Interests

Matthew’s research focuses on emerging security threats and on the making of foreign policy by Middle Eastern states. He has published on emerging security threats, cyber-security, and policies in Turkey and Israel. Matthew is currently engaged in research on the development and implementation of security policies, with a particular focus on cyber-threats, delegitimization, and lawfare.

Prior Work

Before beginning the PhD program, Matthew was the Research and Budget Director for the Joint (House and Senate) Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Massachusetts Legislature. During his time working for the Committee, he played an important part in the writing and passage of legislation expanding mental health parity and ensuring adequate care for children in crisis.


Matthew received his BA from Brandeis University with a double major in Politics and Sociology. He earned an A.L.M in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Government from Harvard University. Matthew graduated from Harvard having earned the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award. He wrote his Master’s Thesis on Turkish-European Union relations.

Matthew was born in Lexington, MA and is thus a diehard fan of all things Boston, particularly the Red Sox. In his free time Matthew takes care of his wonderful daughter and son and spends time with his beautiful wife.


Journal Articles – Lead Author:

Matthew S. Cohen. “Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Academic and Professional Articles: Understanding the World View of Turkey’s Former Prime Minister.” Turkish Studies, 2016, doi:

Matthew S. Cohen, Charles D. Freilich, and Gabi Siboni. “Israel and Cyberspace: Unique Threat and Response.” International Studies Perspectives, 2015, doi: 10.1093/isp/ekv023

Matthew S. Cohen and Charles D. Freilich. “The Delegitimization of Israel: Diplomatic Warfare, Sanctions and Lawfare.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. Volume IX, Number 1, 2015

Matthew S. Cohen and Charles D. Freilich. “Breakdown and Possible Restart: Turkish-Israeli Relations under the AKP.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. Volume VIII, Number 1, 2014

Matthew S. Cohen. “Islam and Government: Examining the Turkish Model,” Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. Volume 1, Spring 2012

Matthew S. Cohen, Charles D. Freilich, and Gabi Siboni. “Countering the Cyber-Threat, Four Big ‘D’s’ and a Little ‘r.’” Cyber, Intelligence, and Security. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2017

Journal Articles – Co-Author: 

Michael Becker, Matthew S. Cohen, Ian McManus, and Sidita Kushi. “Reviving the Russian Empire: the Crimean Intervention through a Neoclassical Realist Lens.” European Security. Volume 24, Issue 4, 2015

Other Publications:

Matthew S. Cohen. “The US Response to North Korea – The Cyber Option.” E-International relations (online), August 7, 2017,

Matthew S. Cohen. “Israel and the Offensive Military Use of Cyber-Space.” OUPBlog (online), September 5, 2016,

Matthew S. Cohen. “Moving on After Congress Votes on the Iran Deal.” E-International Relations (online), August 30, 2015,

Matthew S. Cohen. “Crafting an Effective Foreign Policy to Confront Terrorism in the Middle East.” E-International Relations (online), May 12, 2015,

Matthew S. Cohen. “Israel’s Big Decision: Time to Take Hamas Out?” The National Interest (online), July 30, 2014,

Matthew S. Cohen. Turkey and the EU: European Soft Power and How it has Impacted Turkey, in fulfillment of ALM requirements: Harvard University, 2011

Articles under Review: 

Matthew S. Cohen and Charles D. Freilich. “War by Other Means: Modeling the Delegitimization Campaign against Israel.”

Matthew S. Cohen. “A Tale of Two Turkeys: The Narrative Policy Framework and the Battle over the Headscarf in Turkey.”

Conference Presentations

Asehna Badruzzaman, Matthew S. Cohen, Sidita Kushi. “Contending Image Framings of Equality, Nationalism, and Religion in Turkey’s Headscarf Debate: A Mixed-Methods Approach.” Conference paper and oral presentation at the 24th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Poznan, Poland, July, 2016.

Matthew S. Cohen. “Countering the Cyber-Threat, Four Big ‘D’s’ and a Little ‘r,’” Invited Speaker at the Joseph Nye Forum, Belfer Center, Harvard University May 2015.

Michael Becker, Matthew S. Cohen, Ian McManus, Sidita Kushi. “Reviving the Russian Empire: A Rationalist Model of State Intervention.” Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. November 2014.

Journal Reviewer:

Global Policy
International Studies Perspective
Turkish Studies

Degrees Earned and Institutions

BA, Brandeis University

MA, Harvard University

PhD, Northeastern University

Research Interests

Middle East Foreign Policy

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