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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

March 26, 2015

"They Believed They Were Doing No Wrong: NSA and the Snowden Documents"

Paper

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"At the conclusion of this research, and to summarize my bottom line, I would say that the NSA, while operating under the direction of higher authority, nevertheless had a mindset—typically American—of overdoing things and with it, a reflex of protecting the secrets of the organization."

 

 

March 18, 2015

"Jerked Around After All These Years"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"After endless hours of fruitless negotiations toward a peace settlement in 2013–2014, it turns out that his [Kerry's] opposite Israeli interlocutor, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not negotiating in good faith....The European reaction to this drastic change of policy will not be kind to Mr. Netanyahu."

 

 

March 4, 2015

"Bibi's Talk: The 51st State Is Heard From"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he kindest word one can find in the whole episode of the talk before the Congress, is that Bibi used bad judgment. Firstly, in lending himself (or more) to a cabal of the Israeli Ambassador to Washington and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to set in motion the visit without informing America's principal policymaker, the President of the United States. Secondly, to do this in the midst of a political campaign in Israel, where such an initiative would presumably produce a winning vote."

 

 

February 26, 2015

"'Germany Is Out of the Danger Business'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In recent years, Germany has developed a modest military capability, but this is far from what it could be. The fact is that Germany is the only European country that has the potential to stand up to Vladimir Putin's Russia. Together with France, which thanks to Charles de Gaulle, did not have hang-ups about maintaining a strong military capability and equipped itself with an independent nuclear force, this could be a formidable check on a resurgent and hostile Russia."

 

 

February 18, 2015

"'Chess Is the Way We Establish Mastery Over the West'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[O]ne of the principal concerns of the German leaders prior to 1914 was the rapid rise of Russia as a great power and the need of Germany to confront this danger before it became too late. The dynamic rule of Vladimir Putin in today's Russia has overturned the post–Cold War order and has challenged Europe and the United States to cope with this new equilibrium. Putin could remain in power for a long time. Welcome to a world that bears some resemblance to the period leading up to World War I."

 

 

PaoloNapolitano CC

February 6, 2015

"The French Civic Religion: It's Called Laïcité"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Laïcité is sort of a civic French religion that substitutes for conventional religions, which are not allowed to manifest themselves in the public space officially. Separation of church and state is mandatory. This is the reason behind the banning of the Muslim full facial scarf  (le voile intégral) in schools and other public places."

 

 

February 2, 2015

Bibi's Gamble

Media Feature

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program, Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Jim Lobe

The closer the Western powers and Iran come to a negotiated settlement, the more we hear the West and Iran are destined to be enemies. Can the political establishment in the West and Israel ever say 'yes' to peaceful co-existence with the Islamic Republic? CrossTalking with Charles Cogan, Chuck Freilich, and Jim Lobe.

 

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