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Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

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Telephone: 617-864-3959
Email: chuck_cogan@harvard.edu
Website: http://www.drcharlesgcogan.net

 

Experience

Chuck Cogan is a historian and an associate of the Belfer Center's International Security Program. Cogan's articles and reviews have appeared in French Politics and Society, Défense Nationale, the Harvard French Review, and other publications. His book French Negotiating Behavior: Dealing with "La Grande Nation" was published by the United States Institute of Peace Press in December 2003. A French-language version, with an update, is entitled, Diplomatie à la française and was published by Éditions Jacob-Duvernet in September 2005 with a preface by Hubert Védrine. In recognition of the latter work, Dr. Cogan was awarded the Prix Ernest Lémonon  of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of the Institut de France.

 

 

By Date

 

2015

January 20, 2015

"Far From the Gates of Vienna"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The reaction to this new provocation was predictable, from shootings in Niger to howling mobs in Karachi, a city of 20 million people. Fortunately, the latter crowds were far from the gates of Vienna, so to speak — an evocation of the moment, in 1683, when Muslim Turkey's last attempt to invade Europe was repulsed."

 

 

AP

January 15, 2015

"France's Terrible Swift Sword"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"France is one of the most heavily policed countries in the world, for keeping order in a disorderly nation, apt—with its revolutionary tradition—to take to the streets at the drop of a hat, to accomplish political ends."

 

 

January 6, 2015

"The Beam in One's Own Eye"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Much of the ambiguity in Pakistani foreign policy stems from its inferiority complex vis-a-vis India. Though Pakistan is hardly a small country (pop. 188 million), it is dwarfed by is neighbor (pop. 1.22 billion) and has lost a series of wars with India since Partition, which in retrospect is regarded by many as having been a mistake. Pakistan lost Kashmir, whose Hindu maharajah turned the Muslim majority province over to India. The institutions of British India went to the Indians at Partition, and Pakistan had to seek out and build a new capital at Islamabad."

 

2014

Wikimedia CC

December 23, 2014

"The Comedy of Errors"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Although Sony has nothing to do with the U.S. Government, and Hollywood has dramatized world leaders before (such as Charles de Gaulle in Day of the Jackal), it seems appropriate to pose the following question: whoever, individually or collectively, came up with the idea of putting together a film, even a farce, which includes an assassination by the Central Intelligence Agency of a living world leader, namely Kim Jong Eun of North Korea?"

 

 

Wikimedia CC

December 20, 2014

"What's the Matter With Islam?"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The matter with Islam is not in its inspirational message but in certain holdover practices from ages ago. To be sure there were abhorrent practices carried out during the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church. But that was long ago."

 

 

December 14, 2014

"CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is 'Homeland'?"

Op-Ed, The Daily Beast

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program and John MacGaffin

"The origins of what Carrie faces over Season 4—and which her successors as chief of station in Islamabad will continue to face in the future, were largely presented accurately in Charlie Wilson's War, a dramatic account of that war that the two of us developed and oversaw when we were at CIA."

 

 

VOA

December 9, 2014

"Anything But Florissant"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The failure to indict was more puzzling in the Staten Island case than the one in Ferguson, as indictment does not pronounce guilt, it only decides on whether there should be a trial. It is, though, perhaps not surprising, as the jurors were all from Staten Island and were therefore likely to have a local point of view. In this regard, it is significant that there is on Staten Island a strong presence of present and former policemen and firemen and their families."

 

 

November 26, 2014

"Invitation to a Beheading"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[J]ournalists in the past were often regarded as neutral intermediaries between hostage takers and those willing to pay ransom. Now it is unsafe for journalists to go anywhere near ISIS."

 

 

White House Photo

November 12, 2014

"Are We Ever Going to Have a Black President Again?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The general lack of consideration for Obama, and the unwillingness of the Republican Party to work with him, are a reflection of this discomfort and racial aversion, as well as a painful reminder that our whites and blacks live in a non-integrated way...."

 

 

D.R. Walker

October 30, 2014

"The Sub-Text of 'Klinghoffer'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he hijackers promised to end the siege if they were allowed safe passage, and the Egyptian authorities agreed. The hostages disembarked on October 9. It was decided to fly the hostage takers, plus Abu al-Abbas, out of the country aboard an Egyptair plane. However, unbeknownst to the Egyptians, intelligence was obtained by the U.S."

 

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