A friend of mine was expressing amazement last night that Brad DeLong’s coauthor on The End of Influence had also managed to write Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War and do all this good work for the Brookings Institution.
I had to tell him those are actually three different people, Stephen S Cohen the economist, Stephen F Cohen the Russian historian, and Stephen P Cohen the Brookings South Asia analyst. It turns out to be even more confusing than that, because some of the work I’d mentally attributed to Stephen P Cohen is actually the work of the other Stephen P Cohen, who’s a mideast specialist.
Long story short: Too many guys with this name! It’s overtaken the “Romer”-complex in confusingness.