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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

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?"

 

 

Creative Commons

December 10, 2015

"Grin and Bear It"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Blacks first came to this country in pre-Independence times — in 1619. In no way can they be considered a foreign presence, as some have tried to do with other minorities."

 

 

October 27, 2015

"Just Say No To Bashar"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"How can we say to history that we helped maintain in power the man ultimately responsible for the repression of an uprising that began peacefully and which has caused the deaths of more than 200,000 people, amid gas and barrel bomb attacks, and has produced four million externally displaced and eight million internally displaced persons. If he is not to answer to this tragedy, he can at least leave power."

 

 

Creative Commons

October 21, 2015

"The Bin Laden Raid: How Could the Pakistanis Have Been Cut In?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The recent New York Times Magazine article on the 'mysteries' remaining about the bin Laden raid offers no clear conclusions. But it does usefully point out that there could be a difference between the Pakistanis being aware that bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, and not being informed of the impending attack against him."

 

 

September 30, 2015

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

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"With exquisite timing, just before his speech at the United Nations, Putin announced on 27 September that he had put together a consortium of intelligence-sharing powers on the Syrian situation: Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria."

 

 

CC-BY-SA-3.0

September 6, 2015

"Is Someone Who Broke Ranks Appropriate as Party Leader on the Hill?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Senator Schumer stated that his was a very difficult decision, and one must respect his convictions. However, a number of Democratic leaders were disappointed by his action, which, due to his experience and influence, might have helped swing the vote the other way."

 

 

CC-BY-SA-3.0

August 19, 2015

"Lemmings in Congress"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"I find it inconceivable that not a single Republican lawmaker plans to vote in support of the nuclear deal with Iran....We are light years away from the thinking of the Founding Fathers of a group of disinterested representatives voting for the common good. Also, they did not envisage the position of lawmaker as a lifetime sinecure."

 

 

U.S. Navy Photo

August 17, 2015

"A Bush Has a New Theory on Who Lost Iraq"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Though no U.S. commentators have stated that the U.S. government actively aided ISIS and other Jihadi groups, it is worthwhile stating — at least to my knowledge — that no Arab Jihadis have received American aid. Some confusion may have arisen from the fact that on the Afghan side it is a different story."

 
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