Tuesday, September 7, 2010

State Dept's Top Twitterati Jared Cohen Moves to Google

Photo from Children of Jihad
This news is going to make our blog friend, The Skeptical Bureaucrat sad.  According to Politico's Laura Rozen, the State Department's top twitterati, Jared Cohen is moving to Google, not to Mountain View but to New York. Excerpt:

State Policy Planning staff official Jared Cohen informs colleagues of his last day after four years at State for a new job with Google.
E-mail below:

    From: Jared Cohen
    Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 6:21 PM
    Subject: Jared Cohen Next Steps and New Contact Info
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    Last Thursday, September 2nd, was my last day in government. After four years on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, I have accepted a job as the Director of a new entity at Google called “Google Ideas”. I will also serve as an Adjunct Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Google Ideas will combine the models of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, a think tank, and a private sector company, with resources to implement. In this sense, Google Ideas will be a think/do tank that strives to bring together diverse perspectives from multiple industries to generate new ideas, approaches and solutions to security, social, economic and political challenges in the world. At the Council on Foreign Relations, I will focus on counter-terrorism, counter-radicalization, and 21st century statecraft. Please see my interview with Foreign Policy Magazine, which describes Google Ideas in greater detail: http://tinyurl.com/2ateola
Read the whole thing here.

You can still follow him at: http://twitter.com/jaredcohen


TSB said...

I'm sad for me, but I'm happy for @Jared. His ideas were always too big and too awesome to be confined to an institution, especially an old stodgy one.

But we'll always have Twitter, and I'm proud to be his 304,586th follower.

A Daring Adventure said...


This is utterly hilarious - I adore both you and TSB, and TSB's public, continuous flogging of Jared has been just too entertaining for words! Merciful heavens, even TSB's comment, above, had me in stitches.

You people rock.