Jared Cohen, a former advisor to two Secretaries of State, will be the featured speaker at the 2012 Boe Forum on Public Affairs at Augustana College.
The announcement was made during Augustana College's Opening Convocation Tuesday morning.
Cohen is a former advisor to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. He is also an author, member of the Council of Foreign Relations and director of Google Ideas. Cohen's address is titled "The Relationship Between United States Foreign Policy and the Technological revolution.
Two years before the Arab Spring, Cohen, then just 27, identified the communication medium as a vital way to drive change and influence U.S. foreign policy. Cohen led the charge from the State Department urging routinely scheduled maintenance of Twitter.com to be postponed during the Iranian election protests. Cohen told the co-founder and chairman of Twitter to do so, because it was the only outlet Iranians had to voice what was happening in the country.
Cohen is currently a member of the National Counterterrorism Center's Director's Advisory Board. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M. Phil. in international relations from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
At the age of 30, Cohen is the youngest person to be selected as the Boe Forum's featured speaker. The event takes place Thursday, November 8 in the Elmen Center on the Augustana campus. It is free and open to the public but tickets are required.
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