Stuart Cohen was born in England in 1946 and made Aliya in 1972. Prior to his Aliya, he completed his doctoral dissertation at Oxford University (where he also completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees). From 1972 to 2012 he taught at Bar-Ilan University where he served as a full professor in the Political Science Department. Since 2012, he has been head of the School of Politics and Government at Ashkelon Academic College.
Cohen’s academic specializations include: Jewish political tradition, civil-military relations, and approaches in contemporary Jewish religious law to the military and war.
He has published books and articles in Hebrew and English on these subjects and has taught them in Israel and abroad, and was an invited guest lecturer at universities in Britain, the USA, and South Africa.
The Formulation of British Policy towards Mesopotamia, 1903-1914. New York: Ithaca Press, 1979; 2nd edition, 2008.
English Zionists and British Jews: The Communal Politics of Anglo-Jewry 1895-1918. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1982.
The Jewish Polity: Jewish Political Organization from Biblical Times to the Present (with. D.J. Elazar. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
The Three Crowns: Structures of Communal Government in Early Rabbinic Jewry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
The Scroll or the Sword? Dilemmas of Religion and Military Service in Israel. London: Harwood Academic Press, 1997.
Israel and its Army: From Cohesion to Confusion. London: Routledge, 2008.
Israel’s National Security Law: Political Dynamics & Historical Development 1948-2010 (with Amichai Cohen). London: Routledge, 2011.
Divine Service? Judaism and Israel’s Armed Forces. London: Ashgate, 2013.
Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century (3 volumes). The Open University, 1996.
The Ethnicity of the People of Israel (with D. Elazar). Jerusalem: R. Mas, 1997.
Judges and Guards: The National Security Constitution in the State of Israel (with Amichai Cohen). Yediot Books, 2014.