Adjunct Senior Fellow
Terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on 21st century statecraft; Iran.
Impact of Connection Technologies Roundtable Series
Jared Cohen is the founder and director of Google Ideas and an advisor to the executive chairman at Google, Inc. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a bestselling author. Previously he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Cohen has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, throughout Africa, and has traveled to more than eighty-nine countries. As part of his research, he has interviewed members of Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and Somali pirates. In January 2013, he was one of three members of the first high-level American delegation to North Korea following the ascension of Kim Jong Un to power.
Mr. Cohen is the author of four books, the most recent of which is the New York Times bestseller (in both hardcover and paperback) The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives, which he co-authored with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. His other books include Children of Jihad, One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide, and the forthcoming The Accidental Presidents. He is also coauthor with Eric Schmidt of "The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power," which appeared in Foreign Affairs just a few months before the Arab Spring. Among his additional publications are "The Future of Internet Freedom" (New York Times), "The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution" (Wall Street Journal), "Harnessing the Power of Technology to Fight Drug Cartels in Mexico" (Washington Post), "Diverting the Radicalization Track" (Policy Review), "Iran's De...