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Journalist Roger Cohen to Speak on Syrian Conflict and Presidential Politics

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will present a public lecture entitled, “The Middle Eastern War That Destabilized Europe: Syria and Its Consequences,” on Wednesday, November 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the SURC Theatre on the Central Washington University campus.

On Thursday, November 3, at 6 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall at CWU, Cohen will join Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center, for “A Conversation about the American Election,” featuring a liberal and conservative perspective on the current presidential election race.

Cohen will sign copies of his latest book, “The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family,” a family memoir, following his November 2 lecture.

Cohen has worked for the New York Times since 1990, first as a foreign correspondent in Paris and Berlin and later as bureau chief in the Balkans covering the Bosnian war. He became the paper’s foreign editor on September 11, 2001 and oversaw the Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage in the aftermath of the attack.

Since 2009, he has been a twice-weekly columnist for the paper, focusing many of his columns on international affairs and politics. He also writes a column that appears in the International New York Times.

Cohen is the author of several books including “Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo,” an account of the wars of Yugoslavia’s destruction, and “Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’ Final Gamble.” He has also co-written a biography of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, “In the Eye of the Storm.”

Cohen was raised in South Africa and England. He is a naturalized American citizen and lives in New York City.

Todd Myers is director of the center for the environment for the Washington Policy Center, a free-market think-tank based in Seattle. He is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on free-market environmental policy and is the author of “Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment.”

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