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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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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.

 

 

January 27, 2015

"Israel Is Not at the Water's Edge; It Is Inside the U.S."

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

The question arises subliminally as to whether Israel is really a full-fledged foreign state. An Israeli head of government can slip into the U.S. and address Congress on Iran without reference to the person in charge of U.S. foreign policy? One can only conclude from this paradox that both John Boehner, a Congressman from Ohio who is also Speaker of the House, and along with him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were acting in no small part by gamesmanship... unless we want to permit multiple congressmen and multiple senators to take on the role of Secretary of State.

 

 

January 20, 2015

"Far From the Gates of Vienna"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The reaction to this new provocation was predictable, from shootings in Niger to howling mobs in Karachi, a city of 20 million people. Fortunately, the latter crowds were far from the gates of Vienna, so to speak — an evocation of the moment, in 1683, when Muslim Turkey's last attempt to invade Europe was repulsed."

 

 

AP

January 15, 2015

"France's Terrible Swift Sword"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"France is one of the most heavily policed countries in the world, for keeping order in a disorderly nation, apt—with its revolutionary tradition—to take to the streets at the drop of a hat, to accomplish political ends."

 

 

January 6, 2015

"The Beam in One's Own Eye"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Much of the ambiguity in Pakistani foreign policy stems from its inferiority complex vis-a-vis India. Though Pakistan is hardly a small country (pop. 188 million), it is dwarfed by is neighbor (pop. 1.22 billion) and has lost a series of wars with India since Partition, which in retrospect is regarded by many as having been a mistake. Pakistan lost Kashmir, whose Hindu maharajah turned the Muslim majority province over to India. The institutions of British India went to the Indians at Partition, and Pakistan had to seek out and build a new capital at Islamabad."

 

 

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December 23, 2014

"The Comedy of Errors"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Although Sony has nothing to do with the U.S. Government, and Hollywood has dramatized world leaders before (such as Charles de Gaulle in Day of the Jackal), it seems appropriate to pose the following question: whoever, individually or collectively, came up with the idea of putting together a film, even a farce, which includes an assassination by the Central Intelligence Agency of a living world leader, namely Kim Jong Eun of North Korea?"

 

 

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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."

 

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