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Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

Contact:
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.

Dr. Cogan's latest book, forthcoming in the summer 2015, is The Good the Bad and the Far-Out: Poems and Aphorisms Part 1. Like his previous book, Digital is the New Third Age: Adventures in the Blogosphere (2013), it was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and is available on Kindle. The latter book is a collection of his blog posts that have appeared on the Huffington Post as well as on the International Security Program website.

 

 

By Date

 

2016

June 22, 2016

"The French Are Continually Surprised By What They Have Just Done — Raymond Aron, France's Leading Postwar Intellectual"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"For years economists have urged on the French a greater flexibility in labor market legislation, which in shorthand means making it easier to hire and fire workers and thus get the economy going....The French authorities proceeded to ram the new law through the Assembly under the threat of a vote of no-confidence in the government...The French Left retaliated by launching a strike by garbagemen..."

 

 

Photo Credit: Mil.ru

May 16, 2016

"Not a Consummate Diplomat"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"If the U.S. had flooded the sky over Syria with aircraft at the time, one wonders whether Putin would later have intervened in Syria with such massiveness."

 

 

April 18, 2016

"What is Belgium Anyway?"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

Created as a state only in 1830, largely at the instigation of the British, who wanted it as a buffer against possible further French imperialism, it could be argued that the country could have been divided along linguistic lines, between France and the Netherlands.

 

 

(Marc Nozell CC)

April 7, 2016

"Who Wants an Abortion?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Although he later backtracked (or tried to), Donald Trump's statement that only women should be punished for having an abortion may finally have jolted the American people into a perception that we could have a possible wacko president in the offing....Whoever would make such an absurd and unfeeling statement about women might well have something wrong with himself."

 

 

March 22, 2016

"Our First Vulgar Presidentiable"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[D]epend on a serious candidate, Hillary Clinton, to defeat him at the polling booth in November; and in the meantime contemplate the degradation of our public discourse and reflect on what have we have become as a people, to be on the brink of nominating as president a person such as this, from one of our two major political parties."

 

 

March 4, 2016

"What was the Original Sin of the Catholic Church?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"On February 28, a courageous film, 'Spotlight', surprisingly won the Academy Award's Oscar as the best film of 2015 — courageous because of the power of the Catholic Church in its ultimately futile attempt to hide the pederasty of 97 (count 'em) priests in the Boston diocese. The Church's attempt was in vain thanks to a phalanx of reporters and editors at the Boston Globe."

 

 

Creative Commons

February 24, 2016

"France Seeks to Deter the 'Jihadi-Lites'"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

France is introducing a number of repressive measures, not only an extension of the emergency by three months, thus allowing house searches without a warrant during that period; and a revision of the constitution that would involve stripping the French nationality of a dual citizen connected with terrorism.

 

 

LPLT

January 8, 2016

"Change in Islam Must Come from the Muslims Themselves"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

It isn't often that a mainstream newspaper calls out Islam over a terrorist action—in this case one of the worst in history—the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris—which ended in the murders of 129 people.

 

2015

December 21, 2015

"The Default Candidate"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"However dry the above definition sounds, or perhaps because it does, the words seem only to fit one person in the presidential race for 2016. It is, of course, Hillary Clinton. She is the default candidate. Though she doesn't click very well with the American public, she has what it takes: she is very experienced; she doesn't make mistakes in her pubic discourse; and she is liked by the people around her, in particular, those who have worked for her."

 

 

December 15, 2015

"A Lack of Bombast"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Barack Obama's tenure, particularly his second term, is studded with peacemaking deals, from the Iranian nuclear agreement, to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to the re-opening of relations with Cuba, and to now the accord on climate change. His first term brought us the Affordable Care Act. When are we going to back off our disappointment at his clear lack of bombast?"

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.