Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a nonfiction author. Previously, he served as a member of the U.S. secretary of state's policy planning staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
He has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Mr. Cohen is the author of “One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide” and “Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East.” Mr. Cohen is 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. Currently, he and Mr. Schmidt are writing a book, due out in 2012, about technology in the 21st century.
Mr. Cohen received his BA from Stanford University and his MPhil in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.