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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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June 16, 2013

"Win a Few, Lose a Few"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The United States and its Allies outsmarted the Russians on Libya — by enticing it into supporting a UN Security Council vote against Qadhafi. So far, Russia has outsmarted the West on Syria, by blocking a move in the Security Council against Bashar al-Asad."

 

 

June 10, 2013

"Original Sin and the American Constitution"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What the original Constitution did was to implicitly recognize slavery and to put down in black and white for history what was part of the genesis of the American republic....it gave the impression that a black man was worth three-fifths of a white man. (Indians were not part of the counting and were not taxed)."

 

 

June 4, 2013

"Intelligence: The Times They Are A-Changing"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[M]ore than a generation ago, when the American people — and some departments in Washington — were still getting used to the idea of an intelligence service in a democracy. The process was not helped by the revelations of the 1970's, including CIA involvement in assassination attempts against foreign leaders and its infiltration of student organizations in the U.S."

 

 

May 29, 2013

"Marrakech"

Op-Ed, Le Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"I have fallen in love with this marvelous city of Marrakech, renovated so much since my last visit in 1988 that it has become almost unrecognizable. This dazzling city has become the vacation spot for tourists from neighboring Europe and, to a lesser degree, from the New World."

 

 

May 27, 2013

"The South's War..."

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...Memorial Day honors the dead of both Union and Confederate soldiers. (Though at the beginning, Memorial Day was solely a Northern commemoration.) This joint mourning has been central in achieving a reconciliation between North and South that has been truly remarkable — to the extent that talk of re-secession is never taken seriously."

 

 

May 8, 2013

"Born Yesterday"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]here are many downsides to what has happened in Afghanistan. In my  view, we should have stopped hostilities in Afghanistan when bin Laden and his al-Qaeda followers escaped into Pakistan in late 2001. But it is now more than 11 years later and way past time to get out."

 

 

May 3, 2013

"Out on a Presidential Limb"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[I]n the event of a worst-case scenario in which negotiations completely fail, Barack Obama has committed himself to an unprovoked military attack on Iran, which would have a disastrous effect on world public opinion and lead to unpredictable human and material damage."

 

 

April 30, 2013

"Golda to Henry: 'Why Do You Think We Put Them There?'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The hope that Israel might backtrack from its untenable policy on the settlements was dashed in the first Obama Administration. According to a new report by an Independent Study Group being published by the Henry L. Stimson Center, it might be a good idea to shift the attention to establishing a border between Israel and a Palestinian State."

 

 

April 23, 2013

"Boondock Nation"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he president might just as well have railed against our undemocratic, eighteenth-century system of government. From the era when a second legislative chamber was created to hold back the masses, we have a situation whereby Montana, with a population of just over one million has the same number of senators — two — as New York, with a population of almost 20 million."

 

 

April 22, 2013

"Panetta to Hillary: 'You're Flat Wrong'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The issue was who was in charge of the drone program being conducted over Pakistan, the ambassador, Cameron Munter (who was present by video link) or the Station Chief. Specifically, Munter wanted to have approval power over the drone strikes. Hillary agreed. Panetta insisted otherwise."

 

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