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Jared Cohen

BIOGRAPHY

Released by the Office of Policy Planning
Updated: August 21, 2008

Jared Cohen joined the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff in September 2006. He is responsible for counter-terrorism, counter-radicalization, youth and education, public diplomacy, Muslim world outreach, and the Maghreb. Prior to joining the Policy Planning Staff, Jared received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. While at Oxford, he spent substantial amounts of time in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon where he looked at youth in the Islamic world and how they view themselves and their changing role in the world after 9/11. He has also traveled extensively throughout Africa looking at issues related to conflict resolution, genocide, and democracy. Jared is author of the books Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East (Penguin Books/Gotham Division) and One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide (Rowman & Littlefield). Additional publications include "The Passive Revolution: Is Political Resistance Dead or Alive in Iran" (Hoover Digest, 2005) and "Iran’s Young Opposition" (SAIS Review, 2006). He frequently appears in the media to talk about issues related to youth and has been featured in the New Yorker, appeared on The Colbert Report, CNN, ABC, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC, BBC, Comedy Central, and a variety of other TV and radio programs both domestic and international. He is fluent in Swahili.

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