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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

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

Photo Credit: Mil.ru

May 16, 2016

"Not a Consummate Diplomat"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"If the U.S. had flooded the sky over Syria with aircraft at the time, one wonders whether Putin would later have intervened in Syria with such massiveness."

 

 

April 18, 2016

"What is Belgium Anyway?"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

Created as a state only in 1830, largely at the instigation of the British, who wanted it as a buffer against possible further French imperialism, it could be argued that the country could have been divided along linguistic lines, between France and the Netherlands.

 

 

(Marc Nozell CC)

April 7, 2016

"Who Wants an Abortion?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Although he later backtracked (or tried to), Donald Trump's statement that only women should be punished for having an abortion may finally have jolted the American people into a perception that we could have a possible wacko president in the offing....Whoever would make such an absurd and unfeeling statement about women might well have something wrong with himself."

 

 

March 22, 2016

"Our First Vulgar Presidentiable"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[D]epend on a serious candidate, Hillary Clinton, to defeat him at the polling booth in November; and in the meantime contemplate the degradation of our public discourse and reflect on what have we have become as a people, to be on the brink of nominating as president a person such as this, from one of our two major political parties."

 

 

March 4, 2016

"What was the Original Sin of the Catholic Church?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"On February 28, a courageous film, 'Spotlight', surprisingly won the Academy Award's Oscar as the best film of 2015 — courageous because of the power of the Catholic Church in its ultimately futile attempt to hide the pederasty of 97 (count 'em) priests in the Boston diocese. The Church's attempt was in vain thanks to a phalanx of reporters and editors at the Boston Globe."

 

 

Creative Commons

February 24, 2016

"France Seeks to Deter the 'Jihadi-Lites'"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

France is introducing a number of repressive measures, not only an extension of the emergency by three months, thus allowing house searches without a warrant during that period; and a revision of the constitution that would involve stripping the French nationality of a dual citizen connected with terrorism.

 
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.