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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

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."

 

 

VOA

December 9, 2014

"Anything But Florissant"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The failure to indict was more puzzling in the Staten Island case than the one in Ferguson, as indictment does not pronounce guilt, it only decides on whether there should be a trial. It is, though, perhaps not surprising, as the jurors were all from Staten Island and were therefore likely to have a local point of view. In this regard, it is significant that there is on Staten Island a strong presence of present and former policemen and firemen and their families."

 

 

November 26, 2014

"Invitation to a Beheading"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[J]ournalists in the past were often regarded as neutral intermediaries between hostage takers and those willing to pay ransom. Now it is unsafe for journalists to go anywhere near ISIS."

 

 

White House Photo

November 12, 2014

"Are We Ever Going to Have a Black President Again?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The general lack of consideration for Obama, and the unwillingness of the Republican Party to work with him, are a reflection of this discomfort and racial aversion, as well as a painful reminder that our whites and blacks live in a non-integrated way...."

 

 

D.R. Walker

October 30, 2014

"The Sub-Text of 'Klinghoffer'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he hijackers promised to end the siege if they were allowed safe passage, and the Egyptian authorities agreed. The hostages disembarked on October 9. It was decided to fly the hostage takers, plus Abu al-Abbas, out of the country aboard an Egyptair plane. However, unbeknownst to the Egyptians, intelligence was obtained by the U.S."

 

 

DoD

October 14, 2014

"As a Political Schmoozer, Not Good; As a Military Commander, Not Bad"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[F]aced with the sudden ISIS capture of Mosul and its threatening march toward Baghdad, President Obama acted swiftly and decisively, assembly a coalition of moderate Sunni states against Isis and naming a respected ex-military officer, Gen. John Allen, to oversee the campaign. Much of Obama's legacy as a President will depend on the outcome of this war against ISIS."

 

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