Mr. Efraim Cohen
Efraim Cohen received his BA in Political Science from Yeshiva University. He earned a J.D. and LL.M. (with a concentration in international law) from Harvard Law School. His legal career included private practice and four years as an Assistant Professor of Law.
Mr. Cohen joined the U.S. diplomatic corps in 1984. His overseas assignments included London, Cape Town, and La Paz, Bolivia. He was Political Officer for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, and Acting Head of the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. His numerous Washington positions included Deputy Director of the Department of State’s Office of
International Conferences, and Human Rights Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.
Mr. Cohen served two tours at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. He was Head of Personnel from 1990 to 1995 and Cultural Attaché from 2005 to 2008.
During his diplomatic career, Mr. Cohen received numerous Department of State “Meritorious Honor Awards” and “Superior Honor Awards,” as well as the Secretary of State’s “Career Achievement Award.” Mr. Cohen retired from the diplomatic corps following his second assignment in Israel. Since that time, he has been an advisor for the State Department’s Office of Civil Rights, and has written on issues related to public diplomacy. He is a Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, and Council Member of the Coalition of Hasbara Volunteers (“CoHaV”).
Mr. Cohen lives in Zichron Ya’acov.