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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

 

2015

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July 27, 2015

"A Necessary Expiation"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What this contradiction about the battle flag represents to me is the white South's refusal, even today, to admit that its valiant defeat in the Civil War was also the defeat of a bad cause. Keeping millions of human beings in slave status was hardly a worthy cause to fight for."

 

 

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June 23, 2015

"The World Turned Upside Down: A U.S. Warship Named After a Confederate Victory"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[A] new vignette in the North-South culture wars appeared in the form of an item on 18 June on BBC World News America: 'One of the Navy's most powerful missile cruisers, the USS Chancellorsville has arrived in Japan'....Though naming a United States warship after a Confederate victory is a rarity,...one may question the propriety of its being named as such at all."

 

 

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June 11, 2015

"Legitimacy Is Not Claimed"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In this case, an American citizen born in Jerusalem cannot have his country of birth as Israel in his passport. This countermanded a law signed as part of an appropriations bill by President George W. Bush who however said he would not follow the Jerusalem provision which he said interfered with the President's constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs."

 

 

June 5, 2015

"Metadata Is Our Security Blanket"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Like a child carrying around a security blanket for protection, metadata is our security blanket. This bulk collection of telephone data is supposed to help us against terrorist attacks. Metadata consists of noting the telephone number calling, the number called, and the time and duration of the call. It does not collect content. (However, if the number is known, the person possessing the phone can become known)."

 

 

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June 2, 2015

"How the Drone Age Came to Pakistan"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In the 1950's the CIA, developer of the U-2 spy plane, carried out reconnaissance flights over the Soviet Union, starting from the Pakistani military base in Peshawar. The ISI, the intelligence service of the all-powerful Pakistani Army, was assigned to coordinate these flights with CIA personnel in Pakistan. Thus began the longstanding relationship between the CIA, a civilian intelligence service, and the ISI, a military intelligence service, a relationship that lasted all through the years...."

 

 

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"

Paper

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."

 

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