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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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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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December 10, 2013

"Kerry's 'Security First' Proposals: Is This a Way Out of Israel's Occupation Fix?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The notion that the Palestinians would somehow go away has proven to be a will-o'-the-wisp and a gross misreading of Arab attachment to the land. Israel can hardly claim to be a Jewish state with millions of Palestinians living there under its control. Even Netanyahu seems to have come around to the idea that a one-state solution, such as exists now in effect, is untenable for Israel's future."

 

 

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November 25, 2013

"The Peacemaking Presidency"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Obama Administration is on the way to becoming the peacemaking presidency, after having been handed down two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and having been urged to start two others (Syria and Iran). The way the President handled these challenges should ease the way for Hillary Clinton in 2016, should she decide to run."

 

 

November 22, 2013

"The Assassination of Kennedy Fifty Years Later: The Cuban Question Mark"

Op-Ed, H-Diplo

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What remains unknown is the question of contacts Oswald might have had with agents of the powerful Cuban intelligence service, the Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI), in Mexico City or elsewhere. And in the final analysis, the question remains open as to whether Fidel Castro himself might have been implicated in the assassination of the young American President. With fifty years having gone by, nothing concrete has emerged as to the involvement of the Cuban government or Cuban intelligence in the assassination; which leads to the conclusion — provisionally — that Oswald acted on his own, out of his admiration for Castro."

 

 

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November 11, 2013

"The French 'Never Again'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The French are the most forward-leaning of Europe's militaries....Former President Nicolas Sarkozy led the charge to get rid of Gaddafi. His successor, François Hollande, intervened rapidly and effectively to save some 6,000 expatriates, mostly French, from being overrun by Islamist fanatics in Bamako, Mali. Earlier this fall, the French were all revved up to join in an air attack on Syria...."

 

 

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November 7, 2013

"It Takes a Brit"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"We look back on this period in a sort of shocked wonder at how such a system—slavery—could have established itself in our country, except that it was a sign of the times and that others practiced it, including France, Britain, and the Arabs. But Britain and then France outlawed it well before the American Civil War."

 

 

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November 1, 2013

"'Ain't Gonna Study War No More'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...Barack Obama's pirouette away from an unfathomable military adventure in Syria has, down deep, been appreciated by the public, despite the torrent of propaganda from the Tea Party, with its undertones of racism and tinges of Confederate symbolism, depicting the president as weak and indecisive."

 

 

October 22, 2013

"Anglo-Saxon Solidarity Trumps the Continental Allies"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he French might perceive a downside in a no-spy agreement, as they would be drawn into an even closer sharing of intelligence with the U.S., and this might cause some angst at what could be perceived as an impingement of national sovereignty, which has long been a hot-button issue in France."

 

 

October 13, 2013

"It's the Constitution, Stupid!"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The House of Representatives has the power of the purse; the presidency does not. With the unhindered practice of gerrymandering (manipulation of the boundaries of House constituencies) so that a significant number of seats are in effect one-party seats indefinitely, a determined faction in the House can constitute a force that potentially can block the funding of the government."

 

 

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October 8, 2013

"Nasser Redux?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Army states that it is going to arrange for new elections and the emergence of a new President. But in the meantime, Gen. Abdal Fattah al-Sisi, the new Army chief, looking resolute and handsome in his military uniform and cap, might on the other hand evolve into the image of a strong leader (the 'Rais') that has been so much a part of the Egyptian tradition."

 

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