Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas and adviser to the executive chairman of Google, will speak March 6 at the George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University. Cohen will discuss how technology enables individuals to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability, and repression.
The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will host this presentation at 6pm in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
Cohen, founder and director of Google Ideas, is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a bestselling author. Previously, he served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as a close adviser to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Cohen has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, throughout Africa, and has traveled to more than 89 countries. As part of his research, he has interviewed members of Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and Somali pirates. In January 2013, he was one of three members of the first high-level American delegation to North Korea following the ascension to power of Kim Jong Un.
In 2013, Cohen was named as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world. Vanity Fair named him as a member of the “Next Establishment,” The Washington Post and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government named him one of six “Top American Leaders,” and Foreign Policy listed him as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” Cohen is also one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
Cohen is the author of four books, the most recent of which is the New York Times Bestseller The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives, which he co-authored with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. He received his BA from Stanford University and his M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Cohen speaks Swahili.
The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance. General admission tickets are available at the MSC Box Office in the Rudder Theater Complex (979-845-1234). Additional details are available at www.Bush41.org/Cohen or by calling the George Bush Foundation at 979-862-2251.