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Charles G. Cogan

Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

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Email: chuck_cogan@harvard.edu
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2013 (continued)

September 8, 2013

"Jumping into Wars: 1812, 1898, 1964, 2003. Et Maintenant?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The American people do not want another war in the Muslim world, that is clear. The Congress should reflect this by voting against President Obama's referral of a proposed attack on Syria. It is ridiculous to assume that such a vote would destroy America's credibility and cripple the remaining years of the Obama presidency."

 

 

White House Photo

September 1, 2013

"Obama's Saturday Surprise: Getting Ahead of the Game"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What the President has done is to share responsibility for following through on this commitment to the 500-plus members of the House and the Senate, proving that divided government may not be such a bad thing after all. In creating, in effect, 500-plus secretaries of state, and assuming the House rejects an attack, Obama may (or may not) choose to wriggle out of a commitment that has no promising end."

 

 

August 25, 2013

"Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Sunni uprising against the Bashar al Asad regime is spearheaded by bad guys — the al-Nusra Front, which has declared its affiilation with another Sunni organization, al-Qaeda. For the U.S. to join in and help overthrow the Bashar regime would not necessarily leave the good guys, led by General Idris, in power. They are in the minority among the rebels in terms of numbers and guns and fighting capability."

 

 

August 16, 2013

"Egypt: the Return of the Deep State"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"After the huge disavowal of Morsi this past June by the millions of people demonstrating in Cairo, the military acted, removing Morsi and his government. The 'deep state' — the bureaucracy, the military and the security services which is a legacy of the Mubarak regime — re-emerged."

 

 

Smithsonian Photo

August 10, 2013

"Religion's Time Warp"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The concept that we call God was formulated by men, and its character was modified by men. Thus one can say that God only matters if man matters. But the origin of man is not contemporaneous with that of the world. This is why the myth of the Creation in seven days is crucial."

 

 

August 4, 2013

"Praying to an Empty Room"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"It is part of human nature to seek what is believed to be another world. There is a focus on the quest itself, as otherwise there remains the prospect of living only in the narrow limits of this world. It becomes necessary for many that there be something else beyond oneself and this earthly world; otherwise, in this view, there remains only the despair of nothingness, the despair of a life that leads toward nothing."

 

 

Justin McIntosh Photo, CC

July 30, 2013

"Netanyahu Gets The Math"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]here are compelling reasons for partition, which both sides seem now to recognize, but there are huge obstacles for each to overcome. Israel has learned that the Palestinians are not going to go away, are not going to vanish into thin air, and the Palestinians have learned (or should have) that Israel is there to stay."

 

 

WhiteHouse.gov Photo

July 20, 2013

"Obama: Making the Eyes Glisten"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Every now and then Barack Obama taps into that idealism. Our eyes begin to glisten in not quite tears, and our voice becomes a little choked....As in his surprise talk before the press on 19 July, when he did a riff on how young black men (including himself at an earlier time) feel when they see white people stiffen with apprehension at the sight of them."

 

 

VOA Photo

July 15, 2013

"'Somebody Has To Pay'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"From the incident of February 26, 2012, in which an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager was shot to death not by his own hand, to the acquittal of the shooter on July 6, 2013, nothing has changed: a non-accidental killing has gone by without being requited."

 

 

July 13, 2013

"Digital Is the New Third Age"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Like aspiring young writers (of which I was one) who never got closer to The New York Times than pressing a face to the windowpane, I now find that, thanks to the social networks and the new technologies, I can join the blogosphere and get instant and unvetted propagation around the digital world."

 

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