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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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Harvard–Belfer on Syria

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June 16, 2014

"Iraq, Syria: The Way Ahead Is Limpidly Clear"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"To me, the way forward is limpidly obvious. It consists of two parts: one, increase aid to the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA); two, do not intervene in Iraq....the FSA is one of the few pressure points we have against Vladimir Putin, now that he has forfeited the goodwill of the West. Secondly, strengthening the FSA should give it more clout if and when the time comes for a political settlement in Syria."

 

 

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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."

 

 

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."

 

 

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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."

 

 

September 21, 2013

"'Astounding Moral Inequality': The Syrian Gas Issue"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The irony is that the very proposal by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Syria give up its chemical weapons was an implicit admission that the government of Bashar al-Assad was the guilty party in the August 21 attacks."

 

 

September 15, 2013

"'He Kept Us Out Of War'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Despite his overconfident statement in August 2011 that 'Assad Must Go', without saying how he would go; and despite his declaration last year that Assad's use of chemical weapons would be a 'red line' demanding a reaction, without spelling out a clear idea of what that reaction would be; he has now saved himself (and the country) from yet another military adventure in the Middle East."

 

 

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."

 

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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."

 

 

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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."

 

 

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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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