Transatlantic Cooperation and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Conversation with Jonathan Cohen

Syria’s civil war has created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Half the country’s pre-war population have been killed or forced to flee their homes. According to the UN, approximately 11 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes, including 4.8 million refugees who have sought safety in neighboring countries.

Join YPFP for a conversation with Jonathan Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs covering Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. With extensive experience across Europe and the Middle East, Mr. Cohen will comment on transatlantic cooperation and the Syrian refugee crisis.


Jonathan Cohen
has been the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs covering Cyprus, Greece and Turkey since August 2016.  He previously served in Baghdad as Deputy Chief of Mission 2014-2016, in Paris as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission 2013 to 2014 and as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs 2011 to 2013.

From 2008 to 2011, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Nicosia. From 2004-2008, he was Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Rome. A Foreign Service Officer since 1986, other previous assignments include: Ankara as Political Advisor to Operation Northern Watch, and Embassy Iraq Specialist 2000-2004; Political Advisor to the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance-North, Irbil, and member of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Governance Team, Baghdad, April-July 2003; Stockholm as Political Officer 1996-2000; Vienna as Liaison to the Hungarian Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Executive Assistant to the Head of the OSCE Bosnia Mission 1995-1996; State Department (Washington, DC) as OSCE Desk Officer/NATO Bosnia Officer 1993-1995, and on Secretariat Staff/Advance Teams for Secretaries of State Baker, Eagleburger and Christopher 1991-1993; Jerusalem as USAID Coordinator and Economic Officer for the West Bank 1989-1991; and Bangkok as Consular/Refugee Affairs Officer 1987-1989.

He graduated with an BA in Politics and a certificate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton in 1985, spent 1985-1986 at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on an Israeli Government Grant and attended Georgetown’s Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program in 1986. His hometown is Laguna Beach, California.

December 13, 2016 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
International Student House
1825 NW R St
Washington, DC 20009
United States
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