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Charles G. Cogan

Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

Contact:
Telephone: 617-864-3959
Email: chuck_cogan@harvard.edu
Website: http://www.drcharlesgcogan.net

 

 

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Harvard–Belfer on Syria

October 27, 2015

"Just Say No To Bashar"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"How can we say to history that we helped maintain in power the man ultimately responsible for the repression of an uprising that began peacefully and which has caused the deaths of more than 200,000 people, amid gas and barrel bomb attacks, and has produced four million externally displaced and eight million internally displaced persons. If he is not to answer to this tragedy, he can at least leave power."

 

 

September 27, 2014

"Straighten Up and Fly Right"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[I]n eliminating the Syria-Iraq border in favor of a larger Islamic Caliphate, it made moot whether attacks against it took place in Iraq or Syria. There is now a license for the U.S. and its Jordanian and Gulf allies to pursue their air attacks against ISIS and its main concentrations, which are in Syria."

 

 

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."

 

 

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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."

 

International Security

Creative Commons

November 14, 2016

"The Glass Ceiling, the Closed Factories, the Non-Aspirational Candidate"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...Hillary didn't even visit Wisconsin! .... Wisconsin is part of a list of post-manufacturing states.

 

 

Michael Vadon

October 26, 2016

"McCarthy: Trump's Avatar"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The remark (and others) demonstrated not only that the Republican Party had allowed to be nominated a man lacking the usual dignity expected in an American presidential candidate; but also, that American public discourse had developed a coarseness over the recent decades that is a disturbing development to those who have a sense of what American history is all about."

 

 

October 6, 2016

"Red Line Mea Culpa"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[I]f the U.S. had taken charge of the skies over Syria at that time, it would have made it more difficult for Vladimir Putin to throw his air force into the mix later on and thereby outwit his American counterpart."

 

 

September 24, 2016

"Snowden And His Would-Be Imitators"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Apart from the issue of the harm done to national security by this case, it is important to point out the unintended consequences of giving Snowden a pardon. Present and past CIA employees could regard such an action as a softening of standards and as an invitation to transgress."

 

 

August 8, 2016

"Of Third Rails And Gold Star Mothers"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What Trump did, as the possessor of five deferments, was to denigrate an American immigrant family, the head of whom had spoken out against Trump at the Democratic National Convention in July."

 

 

July 28, 2016

"It's Wendell Willkie Time!"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The time is 1940 when the affable Hoosier didn't even take part in the presidential primaries but nevertheless became the party's upstart candidate and gave Franklin Roosevelt a good run for his money before succumbing to the all-knowing smile of his patrician opponent, in an era in our history when a patrician candidate was taken as a matter of course, in contrast to today when coarseness seems to have phagocyted everything."

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.