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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.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

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."

 

 

August 11, 2014

"When One Human Being Is Weighed Less Against Another"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Gaza war, which hopefully will end soon, has caused so far some 1,900 Palestinain deaths and 67 Israeli deaths. However, the message of Prof. Sheinmam was not well received and has become a national news issue in Israel. Indignant students complained to the university, saying they were offended because he had equated Palestinian war deaths with Israeli ones."

 

 

Al Jazeera English CC

August 4, 2014

"Hamas and Israel: Contrasting Illusions"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"It is all the more tragic in that it is in Israel's best interest to end the Palestinian occupation and agree to a two-state solution, rather than simply continue ad hoc and without a strategy or plan for peace for the last nearly 50 years since the end of the Six Day War."

 

 

Wikimedia CC

July 28, 2014

"Barbarians at the Site"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[R]estricting the access, firing guns into the air to prove a point, and looting bodies in some cases, the followers of the so-called Donetsk Peoples Republic in southeastern Ukraine did nothing but heap shame on themselves and indirectly, on their Russian sponsors."

 

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