On Monday, Washington Post’s On Leadership and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School will honor seven leaders who made outstanding contributions to the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The 2011 Top American Leaders awards will be held at Ford’s Theatre.

Among the recipients are Gov. Chris Christie, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof and one think tanker: Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen.

A former aide to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cohen became the head of Google’s “think/do tank” and made one of the world’s biggest problems, violent extremism, his first order of business with an international summit on the subject in Dublin earlier this year. Cohen is also an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In this session of the 2011 NExTWORK conference, Cohen explains how technology is a problem (and solution) for many of the world’s political problem.

Check out the accompanying piece by Michael Useem of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School for the 2011 Top American Leaders awards.