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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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2014 (continued)

February 27. 2014

"The Russians: Backing the Wrong Horse (Again)"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"That the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, could, along with John Kerry, help sponsor the Geneva II Conference, which was held on the basis of a transition to regime change, and then refuse at the conference itself to even nudge the Syrian government delegates along this line, proves once again that Russia is less of a partner than an adversary."

 

 

White House Photo

February 20, 2014

"Mixing it up at Monticello"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[N]ow France, and again unlike Germany, has become an important, if not the most important security partner of the United States, leading the intervention in Libya; undertaking unilateral and appreciated actions in Mali and the Central African Republic; and standing at the ready for the bombing of Syria which Barack Obama succeeded in calling off."

 

 

VOA Photo

February 11, 2014

"Babes in the Diplomatic Woods"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[W]hen you use purple language and discuss opposition figures in a foreign country, using nicknames, as though they were pieces in your own devised chess game, naming which one should enter a new government, etc.; at a moment when a neighboring major power is accusing you of meddling in the affairs of said country, you are once again gaining the reputation of an overbearing superpower throwing its weight around."

 

 

Wikimedia Commons

February 4, 2014

"My Take on Philomena"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]here is in this film something of the atmosphere of joylessness and excessive secrecy in this nunnery-cum-clinic for wayward girls that is not only very familiar to me but at the same time contrasts with a certain exuberance that also exists in the Irish psyche."

 

 

Parhamr Photo

February 3, 2014

"Denial on the Euphrates"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"It is true, as Hadley points out, that a brutal dictator (Saddam) has gone, and that Al Qaeda's resurgence doesn't change that fact. But was it worth all the American blood and treasure, and the many more numerous Iraqi casualties? One can only conclude that some of the officials involved remain in a state of denial...."

 

 

VOA Photo

January 22, 2014

"Tower of Babel"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...Russia has given no indication that it is ready to drop Bashar al-Assad as part of a transition process in Syria. Unless the Russian position changes, the departure of Assad, who is ultimately responsible for the deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Syrian civilians, does not seem in the cards anytime soon."

 

 

Senate Photo Studio

January 16, 2014

"Gray Abandon"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...I will note, in the context of inviting a new war in the region, that, for the first time, a majority of members of Congress (268 out of 534 members of the 113th Congress) are millionaires. Our congresspersons have a net median worth of $1,008,767. Additionally, at the beginning of the 113th Congress, the average age of a member of the House of Representatives was 57, and the average age of a senator was 62, according to Wikipedia. None of them should ever have to go to war."

 

 

January 8, 2014

"Enough of the Handwringing: The Loss of American Influence in the Arab World Is Programmed"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Troop presence means influence. And troop presence is something the U.S. doesn't have what it once had in the region. American forces left Iraq in December 2011. The U.S. has just now promised to help the Iraqi government with military supplies in its struggle with al Qaeda elements in Anbar Province. But this means little in terms of influence...."

 

2013

December 26, 2013

"'You Can't Have One Without the Other'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"I find it astonishing — and enraging — that a reputable and a leading American newspaper does not recognize the fact that, in turning the decision to attack Syria over to the U.S. Congress, he avoided yet another military intervention in the Muslim world, after Afghanistan and Iraq....You couldn't end the humanitarian crisis in Syria without attacking the country."

 

 

VOA Photo

December 15, 2013

"Rewind in Syria"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The notion that if the West had given military aid to the rebels, before the Islamists moved in, we might have had a different Syria today is to my mind absurd. The Islamists would have gained the ascendancy sooner or later, as extremists usually do over the course of such movements."

 

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