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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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November 22, 2013

"The Assassination of Kennedy Fifty Years Later: The Cuban Question Mark"

Op-Ed, H-Diplo

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What remains unknown is the question of contacts Oswald might have had with agents of the powerful Cuban intelligence service, the Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI), in Mexico City or elsewhere. And in the final analysis, the question remains open as to whether Fidel Castro himself might have been implicated in the assassination of the young American President. With fifty years having gone by, nothing concrete has emerged as to the involvement of the Cuban government or Cuban intelligence in the assassination; which leads to the conclusion — provisionally — that Oswald acted on his own, out of his admiration for Castro."

 

 

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November 11, 2013

"The French 'Never Again'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The French are the most forward-leaning of Europe's militaries....Former President Nicolas Sarkozy led the charge to get rid of Gaddafi. His successor, François Hollande, intervened rapidly and effectively to save some 6,000 expatriates, mostly French, from being overrun by Islamist fanatics in Bamako, Mali. Earlier this fall, the French were all revved up to join in an air attack on Syria...."

 

 

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November 7, 2013

"It Takes a Brit"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"We look back on this period in a sort of shocked wonder at how such a system—slavery—could have established itself in our country, except that it was a sign of the times and that others practiced it, including France, Britain, and the Arabs. But Britain and then France outlawed it well before the American Civil War."

 

 

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November 1, 2013

"'Ain't Gonna Study War No More'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...Barack Obama's pirouette away from an unfathomable military adventure in Syria has, down deep, been appreciated by the public, despite the torrent of propaganda from the Tea Party, with its undertones of racism and tinges of Confederate symbolism, depicting the president as weak and indecisive."

 

 

October 22, 2013

"Anglo-Saxon Solidarity Trumps the Continental Allies"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he French might perceive a downside in a no-spy agreement, as they would be drawn into an even closer sharing of intelligence with the U.S., and this might cause some angst at what could be perceived as an impingement of national sovereignty, which has long been a hot-button issue in France."

 

 

October 13, 2013

"It's the Constitution, Stupid!"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The House of Representatives has the power of the purse; the presidency does not. With the unhindered practice of gerrymandering (manipulation of the boundaries of House constituencies) so that a significant number of seats are in effect one-party seats indefinitely, a determined faction in the House can constitute a force that potentially can block the funding of the government."

 

 

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October 8, 2013

"Nasser Redux?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Army states that it is going to arrange for new elections and the emergence of a new President. But in the meantime, Gen. Abdal Fattah al-Sisi, the new Army chief, looking resolute and handsome in his military uniform and cap, might on the other hand evolve into the image of a strong leader (the 'Rais') that has been so much a part of the Egyptian tradition."

 

 

White House Photo

October 1, 2013

"...Coming Out Smelling Like a Rose"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"By the exercise of his current position, his finely-tuned intelligence, and his steadfast temperament, Obama has been a game-changer: he has definitively given the lie to the myth of black inferiority."

 

 

September 21, 2013

"'Astounding Moral Inequality': The Syrian Gas Issue"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The irony is that the very proposal by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Syria give up its chemical weapons was an implicit admission that the government of Bashar al-Assad was the guilty party in the August 21 attacks."

 

 

September 15, 2013

"'He Kept Us Out Of War'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Despite his overconfident statement in August 2011 that 'Assad Must Go', without saying how he would go; and despite his declaration last year that Assad's use of chemical weapons would be a 'red line' demanding a reaction, without spelling out a clear idea of what that reaction would be; he has now saved himself (and the country) from yet another military adventure in the Middle East."

 

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