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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

U.S. Navy Photo

June 23, 2015

"The World Turned Upside Down: A U.S. Warship Named After a Confederate Victory"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[A] new vignette in the North-South culture wars appeared in the form of an item on 18 June on BBC World News America: 'One of the Navy's most powerful missile cruisers, the USS Chancellorsville has arrived in Japan'....Though naming a United States warship after a Confederate victory is a rarity,...one may question the propriety of its being named as such at all."

 

 

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June 11, 2015

"Legitimacy Is Not Claimed"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In this case, an American citizen born in Jerusalem cannot have his country of birth as Israel in his passport. This countermanded a law signed as part of an appropriations bill by President George W. Bush who however said he would not follow the Jerusalem provision which he said interfered with the President's constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs."

 

 

June 5, 2015

"Metadata Is Our Security Blanket"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Like a child carrying around a security blanket for protection, metadata is our security blanket. This bulk collection of telephone data is supposed to help us against terrorist attacks. Metadata consists of noting the telephone number calling, the number called, and the time and duration of the call. It does not collect content. (However, if the number is known, the person possessing the phone can become known)."

 

 

USAF

June 2, 2015

"How the Drone Age Came to Pakistan"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In the 1950's the CIA, developer of the U-2 spy plane, carried out reconnaissance flights over the Soviet Union, starting from the Pakistani military base in Peshawar. The ISI, the intelligence service of the all-powerful Pakistani Army, was assigned to coordinate these flights with CIA personnel in Pakistan. Thus began the longstanding relationship between the CIA, a civilian intelligence service, and the ISI, a military intelligence service, a relationship that lasted all through the years...."

 

 

April 16, 2015

"The Dark Side of American History"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Abraham Lincoln became the first public figure to synthesize the idealism and the race hatred at the founding of the American Republic by his Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, ending slavery in the South. For this he became the first American president to be assassinated."

 

 

March 31, 2015

"Shaking the Faith"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Whatever the case, the majority of believers seem to rely on the assumption that there is a God of providence who intervenes in the affairs of the world. From Andrew Jackson to George W. Bush, the majority of American presidents — including the most notable such as Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt — seem to have had the conviction, in various degrees, that their actions were guided by the hand of God. Some even gave to understand that they had a personal relationship with God, as when George W. Bush asserted that God had urged him to invade Iraq."

 

 

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."

 

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