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Jared Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Expertise

Terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on 21st century statecraft; Iran.

Programs

Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative , Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative

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Current Projects

Past Projects

Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE)

Director: Jared Cohen, Adjunct Senior Fellow
June 26, 2011—June 29, 2011

Google Ideas, Google's new "think/do" tank, in association with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Tribeca Film Festival, convened a summit against violent extremism in Dublin, Ireland, from June 26 to 29, 2011. The summit brought together more than sixty "formers"—from inner-city gang members and right-wing militants to violent nationalists and religious extremists—for three days of debates and workshops. The "formers" have rejected violence and actively and publicly work against such violent extremism, either through their own or other nonprofit organizations. Jared Cohen, CFR adjunct senior fellow and director of Google Ideas, directed the event.

The summit initiated discussions on understanding how young people become radicalized, how to discourage them from making a transition to violence, how to deradicalize those who are currently engaged in violent extremism, and the role of technology in these areas. It also served as a platform for developing partnerships among NGOs, fostering collaboration between private and public organizations, and offering new analysis for the debate over the best ways to prevent and counter radicalization.

With "formers" from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, North America, and Europe, the summit included a broad range of perspectives. Survivors of violent extremism, along with more than one hundred delegates from civil society organizations, academia, technology companies, government, media, and the private sector, also attended.

Since violent extremism is an ongoing challenge, the summit was meant to serve as the beginning of a conversation. The results of this conversation—such as background papers, policy proposals, multimedia features, and further CFR resources on issues surrounding radicalization—will appear on this page.

Related Materials

Please visit www.againstviolentextremism.org and www.youtube.com/formers for additional materials from the Summit Against Violent Extremism.

CFR Events

General Meeting ⁄ New York

The Digital Disruption

Panelists:

Eric Schmidt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Google, Inc.; Co-author, "The Digital Disruption", (Foreign Affairs, November/December 2010), Jared Cohen, Adjunct Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Google Ideas, Google, Inc.; Former Member, Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State; Co-author, "The Digital Disruption", (Foreign Affairs, November/December 2010

Presider:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
November 3, 2010 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Corporate Meeting

Meeting with Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Richard N. Haass on "The Digital Disruption"

Speakers:

Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google, Inc., Jared Cohen, Adjunct Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Google Ideas, Google, Inc.; Former Member, Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
November 3, 2010 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7:30-8:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

ListenWatch

Bio

Jared Cohen is the founder and Director of Google Ideas, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the coauthor with Eric Schmidt of the New York Times Bestseller The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business. 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.

Jared has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and throughout Africa. As part of his research, he has interviewed members of Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Taliban. In January 2013, he was one of three members of the first high-level American delegation to North Korea following the ascension to power of Kim Jong Un. In addition to The New Digital Age, Jared is the author of the books Children of Jihad and One Hundred Days of Silence. 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 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 Facto Opposition: Youth in Post-revolutionary Iran (SAIS Review), and Passive Revolution: Is Political Resistance Dead or Alive in Iran (Hoover Digest).

In 2013 he was named as one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world. Vanity Fair named Jared as a member of the "Next Establishment," The Washington Post and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government named him one of six "Top American Leaders," and Foreign Policy listed him as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers."

He currently serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC) Director's Advisory Board. He received his BA from Stanford University and his M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He speaks Swahili.