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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

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."

 

 

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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."

 

 

July 2014

Digital is the New Third Age: Adventures in the Blogosphere

Book

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

This book is a collection of the author's blogposts from 2008–2013, almost all of them from the Huffington Post and reposted on the website of the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs by the International Security Program. Most of them deal with the author's particular area of expertise, from Morocco to Bangladesh, but also with Europe and transatlantic issues. A few are film reviews, and others deal with the U.S. Presidency and the Congress.

 

 

Wikimedia CC

July 21, 2014

"A Revanchist Power, 21st Century Style"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The skyrocketing popularity of Putin in Russia after his illegal annexation of Crimea and his tactic of 'hybrid war' (which we in the U.S. would call covert action), is a measure of just how wronged the Russian people feel about how the post–Cold War world has turned out...."

 

 

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July 16, 2014

"Period of Adjustment"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What some perceive as a new era of weakness is rather, to borrow the title of a Tennessee Williams play, a period of adjustment, in which we are becoming a power among others. Certainly a military power superior to all the others, but no longer in a position, nor with the disposition, to intervene anywhere and everywhere in the world."

 

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