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Cole, Leonard A. (Prof.)

Dr. Leonard A. Cole, an adjunct professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, is an expert on bioterrorism and terror medicine. Trained in the health sciences and public policy, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

He is a Fellow of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and has been a recipient of grants and fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Cole has written for professional journals as well as general publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, and The Sciences.

He has testified before congressional committees and made invited presentations to several government agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Technology Assessment.

He has appeared frequently on network and public television and has been a regular on MSNBC. He is the author of seven books including The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story and, most recently, Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn.

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Opinion: Preparing for the next one


The bombings at the Boston marathon Monday were a devastating reminder that the American homeland remains vulnerable to terrorism. Three people were killed, 176 injured, and judging from media coverage millions of Americans feel aggrieved. The country has been deeply shaken in part because the attack was such a surprise. It was especially shocking to those who had come to believe that terrorism was no longer a major concern.

First published by The Record

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Sanctions unlikely to affect Iran’s nuclear aim


The likelihood of economic sanctions persuading the Iranian leadership to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons is very low; the record of economic sanctions is not good: long-standing international sanctions remain in place against North Korea, Ivory Coast, and Somalia without noticeable effects on their policies; embargoes against Serbia and Libya ended, as with Iraq, only after military intervention forced change.

First published by Homeland Security News Wire

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Bioterrorism: Still a Threat to the United States


The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks prompted reflections on the current status of the terrorism threat to the United States. One aspect of an assessment—the threat posed by biological weapons—is especially challenging because of the unique character of these weapons. A prime distinction is the fact that exposure to minute quantities of a biological agent may go unnoticed, yet ultimately be the cause of disease and death. The incubation period of a microbial agent can be days or weeks; unlike a bombing, knifing, or chemical dispersion, a bioattack might not be recognized until long after the agent’s release. Accordingly, bioterrorism poses distinctive challenges for preparedness, protection, and response.

First published by the CTC Sentinel, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Vol. 5. Issue 1

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Seeing reality in the Middle East

In the aftermath of the events of the Gaza flotilla, world leaders seem to prefer lies about Israel more than the truth about Iran.
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