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Cohen, William Sebastian,

1940–, American politician, b. Bangor, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College (B.A., 1962) and Boston Univ. (LL.B., 1965). A Republican, he was elected to the House of Representatives from Maine, serving three terms (1973–79), and became senator from Maine, also for three terms (1979–97). Sitting on the armed services committee (1979–97) and the select committee on intelligence (1983–91, 1995–97), Cohen was an influential figure in defense and international security issues, establishing a reputation as an independent moderate. From 1997 to 2001, Cohen was secretary of defense under President Bill ClintonClinton, Bill
(William Jefferson Clinton), 1946–, 42d President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Hope, Ark. His father died before he was born, and he was originally named William Jefferson Blythe 4th, but after his mother remarried, he assumed the surname of his
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. He advocated the development of modern weaponry, the closing of obsolete bases, and active but carefully considered U.S. participation in international affairs. Cohen has written a number of books, including mysteries, poetry, and (with George MitchellMitchell, George John,
1933–, U.S. public official, b. Waterville, Maine. An attorney in private and government practice in the 1960s and 1970s, he was a protege of Senator Edmund Muskie.
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) an analysis of the Iran-contra affairIran-contra affair,
in U.S. history, secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald
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Ibrahim bin Abdurrahman Al-Omar has met here with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cohen Group William Cohen who is currently visiting the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia to explore the investment in the Kingdom and the most important available opportunities and fields for US companies in the Saudi market.
Julie Christiano and Lindsay Godard represented ESRT in the above transaction, along with William Cohen and Andrew Weisz of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.
Special guests of the evening included former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Jim Nicholson, and a representative of Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell's office, Jason Williams.
King Hamad also met at Riyadh's Al Aziziya Palace, US Vice-President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain, former defence secretary William Cohen and CIA director General David Petraeus.
HM King Hamad met at Al-Aziziya Palace in Riyadh US Vice-President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain, former Defence Secretary William Cohen and CIA director General David Petraeus.
He retired from the State Department in 2005 and is currently a vice president at the Cohen Group, a consulting firm founded by former defence secretary William Cohen that helps companies do business overseas.
William Cohen and Ryan Kass of Newmark Knight Frank represented the Empire State Building, which is now undergoing a modernization.
Former US Defense Secretary, William Cohen, who is Senior Adviser to DLA Piper, made a keynote speech at a launch reception held at the Sharq Village in Doha.
Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine, also endorsed the concept of universal service in an August 24 interview on FOX & Friends First, saying that it would be intended "to put us on a war footing mentality.
Scheduled to testify today are Secretary of State Colin Powell and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as well as their counterparts in President Bill Clinton's administration, William Cohen and Madeleine Albright.
Also playing roles were former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former FBI Director William Sessions, former White House spokesman Joe Lockhart, former Virginia Gov.