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Dr. Helena Cobban

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HELENA COBBAN is a writer and columnist who contributes regular columns on global issues to the Christian Science Monitor. Ms. Cobban received a B.A. (Hons.) from Oxford University in 1973 and her M.A. in 1981. From 1974 through 1981, she worked as a journalist in the Middle East, including 5 years as a Beirut-based regional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and the Sunday Times (London). Since 1982 she has been based in Washington, DC. Her articles on Middle Eastern and other global topics have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, the Economist (London), and elsewhere. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, CNN, and NPR. Ms. Cobban has published three books: The Palestinian Liberation Organisation: People, Power and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1984), The Making of Modern Lebanon (Hutchinsons and Westview, 1985), and The Superpowers and the Syrian-Israeli Conflict (Praeger, 1991).

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Helena Cobban

  • Syria and the Peace: A Good Chance Missed

    July 01, 1997

    Authored by Dr. Helena Cobban.
    One of the more dismaying aspects of the current peace process has been the failure of Syria and Israel to make a deal. According to Christian Science Monitor correspondent Helena Cobban, these two long-standing foes came very close to composing their decades-old quarrel. The Syrian and Israeli leaders persevered to overcome extraordinary obstacles, but in the end failed.