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Jonathan R. Cohen
Deputy Assistant Secretary European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State

Jonathan Cohen has been Deputy Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Southern Europe, since August 2016.

Immediately prior to this assignment, has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq 2014-2016. He previously served in Paris as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission from 2013 to 2014 and as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs from 2011 to 2013. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Nicosia, Cyprus. From 2004-2008, he was Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Rome. A Foreign Service Officer since 1986, his previous assignments include: Ankara as Political Advisor to Operation Northern Watch, and Embassy Iraq Specialist 2000-2004; Iraq as 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 AID Coordinator and Economic Officer for the West Bank 1989-1991; and Bangkok as Consular/Refugee Affairs Officer 1987-1989.

He graduated with an AB 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. Jonathan's hometown is Laguna Beach, California.