The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and TCU's Schieffer School of Journalism hosted a the latest session of:
The CSIS-Schieffer Series Dialogues Presented by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) on Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in the Technology Age.
Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News; Anchor, CBS News' "Face the Nation."
Jared Cohen, Member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, Portfolio Includes Counter-Radicalization, Public Diplomacy, and New Technology.
James K. Glassman, Former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Founding Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute.
Shervin Pishevar, Founder and Executive Chairman, Social Gaming Network.
Juan Carlos Zarate, Senior Adviser, CSIS Transnational Threats Project; Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Combating Terrorism.
Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the co-author (along with Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt) of The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. Previously, he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
Cohen has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and throughout Africa. As part of his research, he has interviewed members of Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Taliban. He is the author of the books Children of Jihad and One Hundred Days of Silence. He co-authored (with Schmidt) "The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power," which appeared in Foreign Affairs just a few months before the Arab Spring. 2013's The New Digital Age offers a vision of our increasingly interconnected future, answering the question of how everything in the physical world will change over the next decade as five billion new users enter the digital world. Among Cohen's additional publications are Diverting the Radicalization Track (Policy Review), Iran's De Facto Opposition: Youth in Post-revolutionary Iran (SAIS Review), and Passive Revolution: Is Political Resistance Dead or Alive in Iran (Hoover Digest).
In 2011, Vanity Fair named Cohen 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." He was named by Christian Science Monitor as one of the "Top 30 Under 30"; named by Business Insider as one of the "20 Brazen Young Professionals to Watch"; selected by the Huffington Post as one of "100 Game Changers"; and chosen by Devex as one of the "40 Under 40." He also won the 2010 and 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Awards for his intervention in Iran's Green Revolution and most influential article of the year, respectively. He has been awarded the Secretary of State's Meritorious Honor Award twice, once by Condoleezza Rice and once by Hillary Clinton.
Jared Cohen currently serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC) Director's Advisory Board. He received his BA from Stanford University and his M.Phil in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
James K. Glassman
James K. Glassman is an American conservative editorialist, journalist, diplomat and author. He is currently the host of the television program "Ideas in Action," which airs on PBS member stations across the country. On December 11, 2007 Glassman was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace Karen Hughes as the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy.
In 2007, Glassman became Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency that provides programming about America to non-American overseas audiences via the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti). Earlier he founded The American, the magazine of ideas for business leaders, published by the American Enterprise Institute, and was its editor-in-chief and from 2005 to 2007.
He is a frequent commentator on business and investing issues, and has published in newspapers around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest, and The Times Literary Supplement (London). He was co-author of Dow 36,000, published in 1999, which was overenthusiastic about the stock market.
On September 3, 2009, it was announced that Glassman will head the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The Institute will be located at Southern Methodist University.
Shervin Pishevar is a technology entrepreneur, published researcher and technology incubation expert. Prior to SGN, he was Co-Founder and COO of Webs.com (formerly Freewebs). As the second largest web hosting company in the world empowering millions of users, Webs is positioned to help lead the web presence space as more and more people flock to the web and organize and share their digital lives.
Pishevar was a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications policy working group that helped create the Obama Technology and Innovation Plan. His achievements have been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, LA Times, CNN and CNBC.
Bob Lloyd Schieffer is an American journalist who has been with CBS News since 1969, serving 23 years as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from 1973-1996; chief Washington correspondent since 1982, moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991, and, between March of 2005 and August 31, 2006, interim weekday anchor of the CBS Evening News. Katie Couric, formerly of NBC's The Today Show, succeeded Schieffer as anchor on September 5, 2006.
Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments: the White House, The Pentagon, United States Department of State, and United States Congress. His career with CBS has almost exclusively dealt with national politics.
Juan Carlos Zarate
Juan Zarate served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In that role, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of the U.S. government's counterterrorism strategy. He was also responsible for overseeing all policies related to transnational security threats, including counternarcotics, maritime security, hostages, international organized crime, money laundering, and critical energy infrastructure protection.
Prior to joining the National Security Council, Mr. Zarate served at the Department of the Treasury, from 2001 to 2005. He was the first assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes, where he led the department's efforts to attack terrorist financing, build comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, and expand the use of the department's powers to advance national security interests. This included the development of a new brand of financial power that has been used to pressure North Korea, Iran, and other rogue actors. Mr. Zarate also led the U.S. government's global hunt for Saddam Hussein's assets, resulting in the return of over $3 billion of Iraqi assets.