The late Stephen F. Cohen of Princeton and New York University was one of the leading scholars who had the intellectual courage to say uncomfortable things—things that the mass social media didn’t want to hear about Russia and Vladimir Putin. Without a doubt, Cohen was one of the finest minds when it comes to issues related to Russia and the United States.
Cohen also was not the type of academic who would perpetuate nonsense about Russia without checking his sources and without serious scholarly examination. That’s why the Neocons in America didn’t like him. Cohen was a contrarian. As such, he doesn’t care about what the mass media establishment and puppets of the New World Order establishment.
Cohen was a tenured professor at Princeton and New York University, and what seemed to matter to him was an accurate description of what was taking place in the political landscape. That was one reason why he took on flaming Neocon Max Boot and put him on a frying pan.
Cohen had my respect. He declared in 2016 during an interview with Tavis Smiley:
“The orthodox, consensual, political media establishment view is that only Putin is to blame. We are completely innocent. We never did a single thing in the 25 years since the end of the Soviet Union to bring about a cold war. That isn’t true. But if we try to discuss it…then comes the cries, ‘Puppet of the Kremlin, agent of Putin.’”
Cohen again declared: “This guy [Putin] gives more interviews, more speeches, it’s all available in English” and “no one paid any attention to what Putin said.” Absolutely correct. John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago said almost the same thing back in 2014. Mearsheimer even argued that “the Ukraine crisis” is actually “the West’s fault.”
Cohen destroyed the Neocon and Ukraine narrative in a lecture he gave in 2015. It is worth your time and energy.
 John J. Mearsheimer, “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault,” Foreign Affairs, September/October 2014.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.