Meet the principals

HankCohen_headshotAmbassador Herman J. (”Hank”) Cohen served with the U.S. Department of State from 1955-1993, attaining the rank of Career Ambassador. His career was dedicated to African affairs, culminating in service as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1989 to 1993. He served as Ambassador to The Gambia and to Senegal, with other overseas assignments in Paris, then-Rhodesia, Uganda, then-Zaire, and Zambia. Ambassador Cohen also served as Deputy Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service and in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa, National Security Council.

Before entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Cohen served as an Infantry Officer in Germany. He holds numerous U.S. wards, including the Christian J. Herter Medal and three Presidential Meritorious Rank Awards, as well as the French Legion of Honor and the Belgian Order of Leopold II. He joined the Board of Hyperdynamics Corporation as an Independent Director in 2009. The company is engaged in off-shore oil exploration in the Republic of Guinea (Conakry).

Ambassador Cohen makes regular appearances as an analyst on Al-Jazeera, the BBC, the CBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, Radio France Internationale, and the Voice of America.

He has taught at at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Go to Ambassador Cohen’s selected publications page.

James L. Woods (1932-2004) was founding partner of Cohen and Woods International, and served as Vice President of the company until his death in 2004.