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.