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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

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."

 

 

VOA Image

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

January 27, 2015

"Israel Is Not at the Water's Edge; It Is Inside the U.S."

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

The question arises subliminally as to whether Israel is really a full-fledged foreign state. An Israeli head of government can slip into the U.S. and address Congress on Iran without reference to the person in charge of U.S. foreign policy? One can only conclude from this paradox that both John Boehner, a Congressman from Ohio who is also Speaker of the House, and along with him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were acting in no small part by gamesmanship... unless we want to permit multiple congressmen and multiple senators to take on the role of Secretary of State.

 

 

January 20, 2015

"Far From the Gates of Vienna"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The reaction to this new provocation was predictable, from shootings in Niger to howling mobs in Karachi, a city of 20 million people. Fortunately, the latter crowds were far from the gates of Vienna, so to speak — an evocation of the moment, in 1683, when Muslim Turkey's last attempt to invade Europe was repulsed."

 

 

AP

January 15, 2015

"France's Terrible Swift Sword"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"France is one of the most heavily policed countries in the world, for keeping order in a disorderly nation, apt—with its revolutionary tradition—to take to the streets at the drop of a hat, to accomplish political ends."

 

 

January 6, 2015

"The Beam in One's Own Eye"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Much of the ambiguity in Pakistani foreign policy stems from its inferiority complex vis-a-vis India. Though Pakistan is hardly a small country (pop. 188 million), it is dwarfed by is neighbor (pop. 1.22 billion) and has lost a series of wars with India since Partition, which in retrospect is regarded by many as having been a mistake. Pakistan lost Kashmir, whose Hindu maharajah turned the Muslim majority province over to India. The institutions of British India went to the Indians at Partition, and Pakistan had to seek out and build a new capital at Islamabad."

 

 

Wikimedia CC

December 23, 2014

"The Comedy of Errors"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Although Sony has nothing to do with the U.S. Government, and Hollywood has dramatized world leaders before (such as Charles de Gaulle in Day of the Jackal), it seems appropriate to pose the following question: whoever, individually or collectively, came up with the idea of putting together a film, even a farce, which includes an assassination by the Central Intelligence Agency of a living world leader, namely Kim Jong Eun of North Korea?"

 

 

Wikimedia CC

December 20, 2014

"What's the Matter With Islam?"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The matter with Islam is not in its inspirational message but in certain holdover practices from ages ago. To be sure there were abhorrent practices carried out during the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church. But that was long ago."

 

 

December 14, 2014

"CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is 'Homeland'?"

Op-Ed, The Daily Beast

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program and John MacGaffin

"The origins of what Carrie faces over Season 4—and which her successors as chief of station in Islamabad will continue to face in the future, were largely presented accurately in Charlie Wilson's War, a dramatic account of that war that the two of us developed and oversaw when we were at CIA."

 

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