Weston native to give lecture on Mid-East conflict, technology
Published 5:02 pm, Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Jared Cohen, a Weston native and former advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, and recently announced director of Google Ideas, will deliver Fairfield University's 2010 Jacoby Lunin Humanitarian Lecture next month.
Cohen, also the author of the book, "Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East," will deliver the lecture on Nov. 8. His remarks on the topic, "Children of Abraham: Muslim and Jewish Youth in Constructive Dialogue," will focus on trends in the Islamic world based on his travels in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestinian camps, where he interviewed terrorists from militant groups. He will also explore how technology has an impact on foreign policy.
While at the U.S. State Department, Cohen was among the most followed on Twitter of anyone working for the federal government, behind President Obama and Sen. John McCain. He was one of the few members of the Policy Planning Staff who worked for both the Bush and Obama administrations, serving as an advisor to Secretary of State Clinton as well as her predecessor Rice.
As the director of Google Ideas, the 28-year-old Cohen has been assigned to fashion a so-called "think/do tank" for the giant search engine company.
The New York Times observed of Cohen and his former State Department colleague Alec Ross: "Their Twitter posts have become an integral part of a new State Department effort to bring diplomacy into the digital age, by using widely available technologies to reach out to citizens, companies and other non-state actors."
Named by the Huffington Post website one of the 100 game changers of 2010, Cohen says that he believes in the power of disruption as a way to think about and act on old challenges in new and innovative ways. In addition to he new role as director of Google Ideas, he is an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Cohen's talk will take place at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in the university's Quick Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased online at quickcenter.com or by calling the box office at 203-254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396.