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Jared Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Expertise

Terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on twenty-first century statecraft; Iran.

Programs

Impact of Connection Technologies Roundtable Series

Bio

Jared Cohen is the founder and president of Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Alphabet Inc. previously known as Google Ideas. He also serves as the senior advisor to Alphabet's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2006 to 2010 he served as a member of the secretary of state's Policy Planning Staff and a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of four books. His books include The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and Our Lives, which he coauthored with 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.

His recent Foreign Affairs article, "Waging a Digital Counterinsurgency Against ISIS," offered a strategy for countering the self-proclaimed Islamic State as a multidimensional threat. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine, and covers a range of topics from national security issues to artificial intelligence. He has a longstanding interest in international security issues, including countering violent extremism. He has traveled to more than one hundred countries, including Iran and North Korea, and conducted interviews with members of extremist groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, al-Shabab, Asbat al-Ansar, Somali pirates, and former Islamic State fighters.

He has been named to the "Time 100" list, Foreign Policy's “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment." He serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s director’s advisory board and is on the board of the Tribeca Film Institute. Cohen is on several advisory boards, including Rivet Ventures, Redbird Capital, and ASAPP. He is a member of Gen Next and was named a young global leader by the World Economic Forum.

Cohen received his BA from Stanford University and his MPhil in International Relations from University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. He speaks fluent Swahili.

All Publications

Foreign Affairs Article

Digital Counterinsurgency: How to Marginalize the Islamic State Online

Author: Jared Cohen

The Islamic State, or ISIS, is the first terrorist group to hold both physical and digital territory: in addition to the swaths of land it controls in Iraq and Syria, it dominates pockets of the Internet with relative impunity. But it will hardly be the last. Although there are still some fringe terrorist groups in the western Sahel or other rural areas that do not supplement their violence digitally, it is only a matter of time before they also go online.

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Events

CFR Events

Meeting ⁄ New York

The Digital Disruption

Panelists Eric SchmidtChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Google, Inc.; Co-author, "The Digital Disruption", (Foreign Affairs, November/December 2010), Jared CohenAdjunct 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. HaassPresident, 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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Meeting

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

Speakers Eric SchmidtChairman and CEO, Google, Inc., Jared CohenAdjunct Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Google Ideas, Google, Inc.; Former Member, Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State
Presider Richard N. HaassPresident, 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.

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