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Charles G. Cogan

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

 

 

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2013 (continued)

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February 15, 2013

"Marry in Haste, Repent at Leisure: the Problem With the Egyptian Constitution"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The above issues appear to be the principal points of contention between the text of the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Constitution and the aspirations of the non-Islamists, many of whom are among the youth. Though this matter is not at the heart of the country's current crisis, marked by rampant insecurity and economic stasis, the ambiguities contained in the Constitution may cause serious problems in the future."

 

 

February 5, 2013

"Drones: What's the Fuss About?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[I]n Pakistan, in Yemen, in Somalia, and now seemingly in West Africa, the drones have been a reliable source of intelligence and, equipped with missiles, a lethal and potentially accurate weapon....Unquestionably, there have been a number of innocent people killed in drone attacks, either by proximity and/or mistake. But what is this in comparison to the land invasions and mass aerial bombings of the pre-drone era?"

 

 

January 24, 2013

"Algeria: The Land of No Quarter"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Algeria's operation at its gas field at In Amenas, which terrorists threatened to blow up, ran into four days, and was ended at an extremely heavy cost: 37 expatriates killed, plus one Algerian; and 29 terrorists killed plus three taken captive. Algeria's policy has long been is one of no quarter with terrorists; that plus the legacy of a brutal independence struggle would have made it unlikely that Algeria would have accepted any counter-terrorism assistance from outside powers that in any way would have been seen as an infringement of the country's sovereignty."

 

 

January 15, 2013

"The Once and Present Ally: France"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"When the new, and pro-American, French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, returned France to the NATO integrated command in the spring of 2009, a number of prominent French figures stated their reservations, the most articulate of whom was the former French foreign minister under François Mitterrand, Hubert Védrine. Much later, and more recently, in a report submitted to President François Hollande on Nov. 12, 2012, Védrine stated that although de Gaulle had been right in 1966, the world had changed since. And the United States, especially with the reelection of Barack Obama, had changed. The Americans now want an increased military role for the Europeans."

 

 

January 11, 2013

"Mainstream Support of Hagel: Is This a Crack in the Wall of Intimidation?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Does all this represent a crack in the wall of intimidation, to use the word of Mr. Hagel to Mr. Miller? Will the message get through to Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, et al to stop interfering in the American political process?"

 

 

January 8, 2013

"The End Game: Taking the Bet of Pascal"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The reasoning of Pascal is the following: in the absence of any proof of the existence of God, reason does not indicate to us whether to believe in Him or not. Since the choice is free, it is reasonable to lean, by calculation, against agnosticism: in effect, to decide to believe in God and live in consequence of that decision. If one leads a life in conformity with a belief in God, this guarantees inestimable benefits if it is revealed, after death, that God exists — and costs nothing if he does not exist. Whereas agnosticism, in the latter case, does not bring any benefits, and on the other hand it is met with infernal punishment if God indeed does exist. Thus, it is rational to put faith in a belief in God and to lead a life that conforms to it."

 

2012

December 31, 2012

"Still in the Dark"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Torture was not the key element of information in the operation that led to the killing of bin Laden. But we still don't know the whole story. We're still in the dark. And there may be good security reasons for that to remain so."

 

 

December 21, 2012

"Not-So-Special Providence"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The events of Dec. 14 at Newtown, Conn., were particularly horrific; for if a teenager is cut down or otherwise dies, he or she at least has had a taste of life. These were very little children — all of them beautiful, as President Obama said in his initial statement after the tragedy."

 

 

December 11, 2012

"The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations: What's Been the Blockage"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Suspicion on both sides — Iranian and American — is extremely high. Iranian fear of American-sponsored regime change may seem unrealistic in today's world, but the fact is that Iran was the victim of an American regime change back in 1953."

 

 

December 3, 2012

"Not Even an Itsy-Bitsy Step"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Israel demonstrated once more, implicitly, that it does not favor a two-state solution. It also demonstrated once more that it has no strategic vision as to how to end its 45-year-old occupation of the Palestinian territories. And while it calls on the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table 'without preconditions,' while it continues to build settlements in these territories...."

 

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