Serves as Acting Ambassador, leading the United States delegation to the United Nations and representing the United States at the Security Council and General Assembly.
President Trump has announced his intent to nominate U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft as the permanent Ambassador to the UN, pending Senate confirmation.
A career Foreign Service Officer, Jonathan Cohen has served in a variety of senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs (2016-2018) and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq (2014-2016).
During his Senate confirmation hearing in May 2018, Cohen emphasized his experience in international politics and the importance of U.S. humanitarian assistance, stating, “Over my three decades in the Foreign Service, I have seen many ways the UN contributes to international peace and security, from the deployment of peacekeepers who courageously serve in some of the world’s most dangerous places, from Lebanon to South Sudan to Mali, to the operations of organizations such as the World Food Program which, with significant U.S. support, is providing life-saving food assistance to millions of people affected by famine and food insecurity.”
During his tenure as Deputy Representative under former U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Cohen focused primarily on Iran, Syria, Israel, and Middle East peace. He has been a strong advocate for U.S. engagement at the United Nations, saying he believes the multilateral organization can, “strengthen U.S. security prosperity and international effectiveness and be an even more effective vehicle for international peace and security.”
Cohen has also served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Paris (2013-2014) and Deputy Chief of Mission in Nicosia (2008-2011).