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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

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."

 

 

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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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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

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August 19, 2015

"Lemmings in Congress"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"I find it inconceivable that not a single Republican lawmaker plans to vote in support of the nuclear deal with Iran....We are light years away from the thinking of the Founding Fathers of a group of disinterested representatives voting for the common good. Also, they did not envisage the position of lawmaker as a lifetime sinecure."

 

 

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August 17, 2015

"A Bush Has a New Theory on Who Lost Iraq"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Though no U.S. commentators have stated that the U.S. government actively aided ISIS and other Jihadi groups, it is worthwhile stating — at least to my knowledge — that no Arab Jihadis have received American aid. Some confusion may have arisen from the fact that on the Afghan side it is a different story."

 

 

August 5, 2015

"'Have You No Sense of Decency?'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Not contrite about the South's having held a large proportion of the black population of the American Republic in slavery for two and a half centuries, the opponents of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are seeking to undo the act and thereby restrict the right to vote of black citizens guaranteed by the 15th Amendment of 1870, which also gave Congress the authority to enforce that right state by state."

 

 

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July 27, 2015

"A Necessary Expiation"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What this contradiction about the battle flag represents to me is the white South's refusal, even today, to admit that its valiant defeat in the Civil War was also the defeat of a bad cause. Keeping millions of human beings in slave status was hardly a worthy cause to fight for."

 

 

U.S. Navy Photo

June 23, 2015

"The World Turned Upside Down: A U.S. Warship Named After a Confederate Victory"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[A] new vignette in the North-South culture wars appeared in the form of an item on 18 June on BBC World News America: 'One of the Navy's most powerful missile cruisers, the USS Chancellorsville has arrived in Japan'....Though naming a United States warship after a Confederate victory is a rarity,...one may question the propriety of its being named as such at all."

 

 

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June 11, 2015

"Legitimacy Is Not Claimed"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In this case, an American citizen born in Jerusalem cannot have his country of birth as Israel in his passport. This countermanded a law signed as part of an appropriations bill by President George W. Bush who however said he would not follow the Jerusalem provision which he said interfered with the President's constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs."

 

 

June 5, 2015

"Metadata Is Our Security Blanket"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Like a child carrying around a security blanket for protection, metadata is our security blanket. This bulk collection of telephone data is supposed to help us against terrorist attacks. Metadata consists of noting the telephone number calling, the number called, and the time and duration of the call. It does not collect content. (However, if the number is known, the person possessing the phone can become known)."

 
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.