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Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

Telephone: 617-864-3959



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



April 16, 2015

"The Dark Side of American History"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Abraham Lincoln became the first public figure to synthesize the idealism and the race hatred at the founding of the American Republic by his Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, ending slavery in the South. For this he became the first American president to be assassinated."



March 31, 2015

"Shaking the Faith"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Whatever the case, the majority of believers seem to rely on the assumption that there is a God of providence who intervenes in the affairs of the world. From Andrew Jackson to George W. Bush, the majority of American presidents — including the most notable such as Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt — seem to have had the conviction, in various degrees, that their actions were guided by the hand of God. Some even gave to understand that they had a personal relationship with God, as when George W. Bush asserted that God had urged him to invade Iraq."



March 26, 2015

"They Believed They Were Doing No Wrong: NSA and the Snowden Documents"


By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"At the conclusion of this research, and to summarize my bottom line, I would say that the NSA, while operating under the direction of higher authority, nevertheless had a mindset—typically American—of overdoing things and with it, a reflex of protecting the secrets of the organization."



March 18, 2015

"Jerked Around After All These Years"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"After endless hours of fruitless negotiations toward a peace settlement in 2013–2014, it turns out that his [Kerry's] opposite Israeli interlocutor, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not negotiating in good faith....The European reaction to this drastic change of policy will not be kind to Mr. Netanyahu."



March 4, 2015

"Bibi's Talk: The 51st State Is Heard From"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he kindest word one can find in the whole episode of the talk before the Congress, is that Bibi used bad judgment. Firstly, in lending himself (or more) to a cabal of the Israeli Ambassador to Washington and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to set in motion the visit without informing America's principal policymaker, the President of the United States. Secondly, to do this in the midst of a political campaign in Israel, where such an initiative would presumably produce a winning vote."



February 26, 2015

"'Germany Is Out of the Danger Business'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In recent years, Germany has developed a modest military capability, but this is far from what it could be. The fact is that Germany is the only European country that has the potential to stand up to Vladimir Putin's Russia. Together with France, which thanks to Charles de Gaulle, did not have hang-ups about maintaining a strong military capability and equipped itself with an independent nuclear force, this could be a formidable check on a resurgent and hostile Russia."



February 18, 2015

"'Chess Is the Way We Establish Mastery Over the West'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[O]ne of the principal concerns of the German leaders prior to 1914 was the rapid rise of Russia as a great power and the need of Germany to confront this danger before it became too late. The dynamic rule of Vladimir Putin in today's Russia has overturned the post–Cold War order and has challenged Europe and the United States to cope with this new equilibrium. Putin could remain in power for a long time. Welcome to a world that bears some resemblance to the period leading up to World War I."



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February 6, 2015

"The French Civic Religion: It's Called Laïcité"


By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Laïcité is sort of a civic French religion that substitutes for conventional religions, which are not allowed to manifest themselves in the public space officially. Separation of church and state is mandatory. This is the reason behind the banning of the Muslim full facial scarf  (le voile intégral) in schools and other public places."



February 2, 2015

Bibi's Gamble

Media Feature

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program, Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Jim Lobe

The closer the Western powers and Iran come to a negotiated settlement, the more we hear the West and Iran are destined to be enemies. Can the political establishment in the West and Israel ever say 'yes' to peaceful co-existence with the Islamic Republic? CrossTalking with Charles Cogan, Chuck Freilich, and Jim Lobe.



January 27, 2015

"Israel Is Not at the Water's Edge; It Is Inside the U.S."

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

The question arises subliminally as to whether Israel is really a full-fledged foreign state. An Israeli head of government can slip into the U.S. and address Congress on Iran without reference to the person in charge of U.S. foreign policy? One can only conclude from this paradox that both John Boehner, a Congressman from Ohio who is also Speaker of the House, and along with him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were acting in no small part by gamesmanship... unless we want to permit multiple congressmen and multiple senators to take on the role of Secretary of State.



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