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Allison Nour

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Allison Nour joined The Cohen Group with eight years of professional experience in Washington, DC and the Middle East. She has held a number of defense and foreign policy-focused positions, including at the Council on Foreign Relations and in the US Senate.

Ms. Nour came to The Cohen Group after completing graduate school at Princeton University, where her research centered on politics and security in the Gulf states. While at Princeton, she worked in the office of US Senator Kay Hagan, supporting the Senator's work on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ms. Nour spent three years at the Council on Foreign Relations prior to graduate school, managing in-depth research on trends in US foreign policy, the Arab Uprisings, and US-Russia relations. Before that, as a project assistant at the National Democratic Institute, Ms. Nour worked on the Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria team. She also spent three years in Egypt working as an educator and teacher trainer in British and American schools.

Ms. Nour holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She is a 2006 graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor's degree in Arabic and Political Science. Ms. Nour has also studied at the American University in Cairo. She is fluent in Arabic and has a working proficiency in Spanish.



Melanie Kaplan

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Research Associate

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Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Melanie Kaplan worked at the Group of Fifty, a network of Latin American CEOs. She researched best practices in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation for leading companies in the energy, mining, finance and media sectors.

Ms. Kaplan received a Master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2013. While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked at the Council of the Americas (COA), China-Brazil Business Council (CEBC), the US Department of State, and the Albright Stonebridge Group. At COA, Ms. Kaplan developed assessments of the energy markets in Mexico and Canada and examined US-Mexico trade relations. Ms. Kaplan also supported the China-Brazil Business Council, in Rio de Janeiro, where she identified tariff and non-tariff trade barriers ahead of a Brazilian Government bi-lateral trade summit with China. At the State Department, in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ms. Kaplan analyzed China-Mexico trade for a sub-regional dialogue, and helped implement the US-Mexico Gender Memorandum.

Ms. Kaplan received a Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, where she majored in Latin American Studies and minored in Economics. Melanie studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, interned in the US House of Representatives, and also worked at the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) in the Office of Advisory Committees.

She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.





Michael Goldfien

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Research Associate

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Michael Goldfien joined The Cohen Group in the summer of 2015 after completing graduate school at Stanford University, where his research focused on international security and the U.S. foreign policy process.

At Stanford, Mr. Goldfien served as a course assistant to both Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Parallel to his coursework and assistantships, Mr. Goldfien worked as a case writer for Dr. Francis Fukuyama's Leadership Academy for Development (LAD), a governance-focused training program run through Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. At LAD, Mr. Goldfien researched and wrote cases on public administration and policy reform in Indonesia, Kenya, and Georgia, and travelled to Jakarta and Tbilisi to conduct interviews and collect data.

Mr. Goldfien holds a Bachelor's degree with honors from Grinnell College, where he majored in international relations and wrote a thesis on the evolution of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. While at Grinnell, Mr. Goldfien played shortstop for and served as team captain of the varsity baseball team.


Ian McDonnell

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Research Associate

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Ian McDonnell joined The Cohen Group in June 2015 after graduating from the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine with an MA in Global Policy and concentration on international trade and commerce.

While at the University of Maine, Ian interned with Mercy Corps, a leading international development organization engaged in areas of extreme conflict and crisis. He helped compile extensive research reports looking into the factors impacting poverty and instability among some of the world's most fragile states. The report was commission to be used as an internal strategy document for senior leadership.

Ian received his undergraduate education from Colby College, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics. At Colby, he was a member of multiple student organizations and worked as a tutor and Teacher's Assistant for Multi and Single-Variable Calculus. He culminated his economics studies with a regression analysis of the effect that high school laptop programs in Maine had on SAT scores.

Previously Ian worked with The Cohen Group as a summer intern in 2014, and continued to provide research support to the firm throughout his last year of graduate school.




"Cuba Symposium at SUNY Cortland Features A-List Experts"

April 5, 2016

SUNY Cortland  features an article on Secretary Cohen, Ambassador Grossman, and Ambassador Davidow's participation in a panel discussion on diplomacy with Cuba...



"US-India Ties: Much Left to Achieve"

March 27, 2016

Secretary Bill Cohen discusses the current state of U.S.-Indian relations in a piece for  The Hindustan Times...




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