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Charles G. Cogan

Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

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Email: chuck_cogan@harvard.edu
Website: http://www.drcharlesgcogan.net

 

 

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2012 (continued)

October 2012

"Italian Lake District: Historical Markers"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

We also visited Stresa...on Lake Maggiore, where...in 1935, on a nearby island known as Isola Bella, the three Western leaders, Ramsay McDonald of Britain, Pierre Laval of France, and Mussolini, signed a pact known as the "Front of Stresa," in opposition to a threatened anchluss (absorption) of Austria by Germany, in opposition to changes in the Versailles Treaty, and in support of the pact of Locarno (farther north in the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore) where in 1925, France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, and Italy came to a series of agreements. The first three pledged not to go to war, and the latter two acted as guarantors. But by the mid-1930s, Adolf Hitler had come to power in Germany and much of Europe had begun to run after him as the most powerful leader on the Continent. Mussolini was to follow suit.

 

 

October 26, 2012

"The Enduring First Debate Effect: They Finally Found a White Man They Could Like"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Much of the phrases used against Obama ('he doesn't understand America'; 'he has an anti-colonial Kenyan agenda'; 'he takes his political inspiration from Europe and from the socialist democrats in Europe') represent codewords aimed at exploiting the deep vein of racism in America that has been with us since the birth of the nation and before."

 

 

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October 15, 2012

"The Post–Cold War Cold Peace: Chalk One for the Russians"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he Russians have gathered together a formidable axis with which to contest the Western aim in Syria, which is to remove Bashar al Assad from power: the fellow veto-wielder in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), China, which has joined with the Russians in stymieing repeated UNSC attempts to end the conflict in Syria and bring about a change of regime. The Russians also have certain regional power backing for their Syrian policy of support to the Bashar al Assad regime: Shia Iran definitely; Shia Hezbollah definitely; and Shia Iraq, to some extent."

 

 

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September 28, 2012

"American President: Out on a Limb"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"So assuming that negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program will resume after the American presidential elections, as most observers think they will, we will have to see if the policy of stiffing the Iranians — who abhor foreign pressure, in view of their both glorious and inglorious past — will continue not to work; or whether U.S. concessions, which have not been forthcoming so far, will dent the ideological obduracy of the Iranian position."

 

 

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September 13, 2012

"The Haqqani Network: The Background"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]here was no aid furnished directly by the CIA to the mujahidin groups fighting the Soviets. It was done essentially through the Pakistani military intelligence service, the ISI."

 

 

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September 4, 2012

"Can 120 (Non-Aligned) Countries be Wrong?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Not particularly relevant during the Cold War, what possibly can the Non-Aligned Movement represent today? The Cold War is over. Has the movement outlived its usefulness? The answer is no, despite the Movement's outmoded Cold War origins. It serves as a rallying point for all those countries who want to push back against what they see as the dominating attitudes and policies of the United States, and to a lesser degree, the West in general."

 

 

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August 23, 2012

"The Balfour Declaration and the Rationale for Jewish Settlements in the West Bank"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"But how could a mass influx of Jews into Palestine not prejudice the 'civil and religious rights' of existing non-Jewish communities there? The Balfour Declaration stands, along with the partition of India, as an icon to the micawberish policies of the British Empire at the start of its decline."

 

 

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August 8, 2012

"Romney, the 'Hand of Providence,' and Israel"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"[T]here is the 45-year-old Israeli occupation of the West Bank (not to speak of the earlier Western-colonial and Ottoman periods), which has served to inhibit the development of Palestinian society. Secondly, one must correlate Israel's laudable economic and technological achievements with the fact of U.S. aid; with purchases by the U.S. military; and with U.S. technological assistance, including joint development of new systems."

 

 

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July 24, 2012

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

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Clearly, by the nature of their regimes, neither the Russians nor the Chinese would be expected to countenance the idea of a popular uprising to overthrow a dictatorship. Together China and Russia have formed the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which can be described as a grouping of counter-revolutionary regimes, the leading members of which are bent on checkmating the West where possible. Iran, another like-minded autocratic power, is an observer member of the Organization."

 

 

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July 20, 2012

"Islam May Be the Answer, Democracy is the Solution"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Arab world has changed in the last 40 years with the access of people to TV, the Internet and social networks....Autocratic, military-run regimes have been discredited. The people want to be treated with dignity, and to have a say in their future. Democracy is the durable element that has come out of the Arab Spring. It is a place where all can meet on a common ground, without religious-based rancors."

 

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