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Tech Innovator to Discuss Cyber Warfare March 21

March 10, 2017



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DURHAM, N.C. -- Jared Cohen, president of Google’s technology incubator, Jigsaw, will deliver a talk at Duke University on cyberwarfare and how use of technology by nations and corporations drives global power and influence.

The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International lecture, “Cyberpowers in the New World Disorder,” takes place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Penn Pavilion on West Campus. Public policy professor Bruce Jentleson will interview Cohen. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow the discussion. Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck.

Cohen is the founder and president of Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Alphabet Inc., previously known as Google Ideas. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

From 2006 to 2010, Cohen served on the U.S. Secretary of State's policy planning staff, where he was a close adviser to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton and advanced the concept of 21st century diplomacy. He has a longstanding interest in international security issues, including countering violent extremism.

In addition to “The New Digital Age,” Cohen is the author of the books “Children of Jihad” and “One Hundred Days of Silence,” about genocide in Rwanda. He is also co-author with Eric Schmidt of “The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power.”

In recent years, Cohen ranked on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s “100 Leading Global Thinkers” and Vanity Fair's “Next Establishment.”

“Jared Cohen is one of the most entrepreneurial people I met in government,” said Peter Feaver, director of Duke’s University’s Program in American Grand Strategy and professor of political science.

“He helped move the State Department to come to terms with the implications of the digital age, and ever since he has helped one of the world’s leading companies do the same. Anyone who is trying to make sense of how the digital age shapes globalization and statecraft will find this a fascinating discussion.”

The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture series brings prominent figures in international security, foreign policy and diplomacy to Duke. The lecture is sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Sanford School of Public Policy.