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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."

 

International Security

July 2014

Digital is the New Third Age: Adventures in the Blogosphere

Book

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

This book is a collection of the author's blogposts from 2008–2013, almost all of them from the Huffington Post and reposted on the website of the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs by the International Security Program. Most of them deal with the author's particular area of expertise, from Morocco to Bangla Desh, but also with Europe and transatlantic issues. A few are film reviews, and others deal with the U.S. Presidency and the Congress.

 

 

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July 21, 2014

"A Revanchist Power, 21st Century Style"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The skyrocketing popularity of Putin in Russia after his illegal annexation of Crimea and his tactic of 'hybrid war' (which we in the U.S. would call covert action), is a measure of just how wronged the Russian people feel about how the post–Cold War world has turned out...."

 

 

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July 16, 2014

"Period of Adjustment"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What some perceive as a new era of weakness is rather, to borrow the title of a Tennessee Williams play, a period of adjustment, in which we are becoming a power among others. Certainly a military power superior to all the others, but no longer in a position, nor with the disposition, to intervene anywhere and everywhere in the world."

 

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