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Jared  Cohen

Jared Cohen

New York Times Bestselling Author, Foreign Policy Expert, Technologist & Presidential Historian

Jared Cohen

Jared Cohen is a foreign policy expert, technologist, presidential historian, and New York Times Bestselling author of five books. His expertise covers a unique blend of macro-level geopolitics and American politics. Read More >

Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including Children of Jihad, One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide, The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives, which he co-authored with Eric Schmidt, Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America, and the forthcoming Life After Power. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, LA Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and Foreign Policy.

He has been named to the "TIME 100" list, Foreign Policy's “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment." Cohen serves on several advisory boards, including the Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Advisory Board, Allianz, Stanford University’s Freeman-Spogli Institute, and the Director of National Intelligence's National Counterterrorism Center. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

He is currently the founder and CEO of Jigsaw at Google. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was Google’s first Director of Ideas and chief advisor to Google's CEO and executive chairman Eric Schmidt. From 2006 to 2010 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.

Cohen received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He speaks fluent Swahili. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Cyberpowers: Disinformation, Political Hacking & New World Disorder

Living in a Hybrid World

The New Digital Age

The Power of Connection Technologies

The Future of Revolutions

Pace of the Future Today

The Importance of Digital Health

Speech Topics

Emerging World & Macro-Trends in Geopolitics

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Jared Cohen has a unique blend of expertise that normally would require multiple panels and speakers throughout a two-day conference. Cohen has written New York Times bestselling books about international affairs, American politics, leadership, and the future of technology. He has an extraordinary ability to tie these seemingly different topics together and highlights the way they are deeply interconnected. Cohen is a storyteller with an endless supply of anecdotes, personal experiences, and fascinating case studies that will transform the way you think about the world. His close relationships with dozens of world leaders gives him a fresh perspective on where the world is going, while as a New York Times bestselling presidential historian he also has a trained eye to reflect on and learn from the past. If there is one lesson from the COVID-19 era it is that we need to better understand our past, present, and future within our own society, around the world, and within ourselves.

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