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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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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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July 14, 2014

"Germany Is Not a Classic Western Ally"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...German immigration is the largest of all the European immigrations to the U.S., and this makes for a certain predisposition in favor of Germany....[T]he American protector role in Germany during the Cold War led to an intimate relationship between the political classes in the two countries, reaching its apotheosis at the moment of German reunification...."

 

 

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June 30, 2014

"When, Ever, Is a Murderer Anything but a Murderer"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"A hundred years ago last Saturday, World War I was ignited by a murder. Actually, two murders. Today, the murderer is being celebrated in parts of the former Yugoslavia, notably by a seven-foot statue in Lukavica, a suburb of Sarajevo, the scene of the crime: a testimony to the special kind of fanaticism that lurks in the Balkans."

 

 

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June 21, 2014

"Iraq: Be Careful How You Mess With the Sunni World"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he Sunni-populated part of Iraq is virtually bereft of natural resources. The Kurdish and Shia parts in the northeast and south respectively are not. This is largely what renders partition problematic."

 

 

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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."

 

 

June 8, 2014

"Another Successful Special Operation"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"We should look at what happened from a different point of view. This was another successful special operation: recovery of a prisoner of war, with Taliban shooters in the hills overlooking the scene somewhere — nowhere — in Afghanistan; and with American C-130 gunships prowling overhead. In came the helicopter, and in a few minutes Sgt. Bergdahl was whisked away. No one got hurt."

 

 

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June 3, 2014

"Zones of Shadow in the Itinerary of Edward Snowden"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In his straightforward, though somewhat aseptic performance, Snowden drew an interesting distinction which Williams did not fail to point out: Snowden did not deny that he took out military documents, but said that he gave them to journalists to be published. That is, he apparently sought to absolve himself by putting the onus on them to decide which documents should not be published for reasons of national security."

 

 

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May 27, 2014

"France: The Makeover of the National Front"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The anti-EU far-right National Front has won big in the elections to the European Parliament on May 25....This is the most significant victory of the National Front since its formation in 1972."

 

 

May 13, 2014

"My Take on 'The Americans'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Overall, while this series is a dramatization, it should serve to remind us that world powers spy and the Soviets/Russians did not spy on America just because they were communists....Clandestine activity is not just a way of life, it is a way of Russian life. All this is underscored by the recent and continuing events in the Ukraine."

 

 

May 13, 2014

"Coming on a Year After the Snowden Revelations, the Germans Are Still Less Than Satisfied with the U.S."

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What the Germans came looking for in their visit was a no-spy agreement with the U.S., and indications are that they thought this was to be on the agenda for discussion. Where did they get the idea for this? It may have come from the abortive no-spy agreement with France in 2011...."

 

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