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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

 

2014

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."

 

 

DoD

October 14, 2014

"As a Political Schmoozer, Not Good; As a Military Commander, Not Bad"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[F]aced with the sudden ISIS capture of Mosul and its threatening march toward Baghdad, President Obama acted swiftly and decisively, assembly a coalition of moderate Sunni states against Isis and naming a respected ex-military officer, Gen. John Allen, to oversee the campaign. Much of Obama's legacy as a President will depend on the outcome of this war against ISIS."

 

 

October 2, 2014

"Bibi's Never-Never Land"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Another bit of fantasy that emerged from Netanyahu's speech was the notion that in view of recent developments (the rise of a common enemy in ISIS), a rapprochement between Israel and the Arab World could facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian settlement."

 

 

September 27, 2014

"Straighten Up and Fly Right"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[I]n eliminating the Syria-Iraq border in favor of a larger Islamic Caliphate, it made moot whether attacks against it took place in Iraq or Syria. There is now a license for the U.S. and its Jordanian and Gulf allies to pursue their air attacks against ISIS and its main concentrations, which are in Syria."

 

 

September 12, 2014

"A Very Special (Forces) President"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[A] lot of Sunnis are going to get killed as the Obama strategy is being carried out, and it remains to be seen how the Sunni Arab powers on the outside — Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Gulf states and Jordan — as well as the Sunni populations on the inside in Syria and Iraq — are going to tolerate it."

 

 

Bertilvidet CC

September 5, 2014

"Collaborating With Bashar Against ISIS: Wrong in the Circumstances"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]here are some voices, on both sides of the Atlantic, who are advocating, as a possible option, teaming up with the Assad regime to attack ISIS. I would note that negotiations expert Robert H. Mnookin (Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010), while acknowledging that as a principle one should not refuse to negotiate with one's enemies, points out that in certain circumstances this may not be wise."

 

 

Loavesofbread CC

August 19, 2014

"We Work Together...But We Live Apart"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"When we observe on television the tragic scenes in Ferguson, Missouri, we get a idea of just how damaged our society is: what we see, in large part, is a black underclass living for the most part apart."

 

 

DoD Photo

August 14, 2014

"Iraq: License to Intervene"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The extreme jihadi fringe of Sunni Islam, in its incarnation as ISIS (now the Islamic State) has embarked on a policy of forced conversion or alternatively death against the minority Kurdish sect, the Yazidis and against Iraqi Christians. This leaves the rest of Muslims in no position to object to attacks on an obscurantist organization — ISIS — which is carrying out wholesale murder of minorities representing other religions. Furthermore, it is a situation utterly intolerable to the international community."

 

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