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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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International Security (continued)

December 31, 2012

"Still in the Dark"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Torture was not the key element of information in the operation that led to the killing of bin Laden. But we still don't know the whole story. We're still in the dark. And there may be good security reasons for that to remain so."

 

 

December 21, 2012

"Not-So-Special Providence"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The events of Dec. 14 at Newtown, Conn., were particularly horrific; for if a teenager is cut down or otherwise dies, he or she at least has had a taste of life. These were very little children — all of them beautiful, as President Obama said in his initial statement after the tragedy."

 

 

December 11, 2012

"The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations: What's Been the Blockage"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Suspicion on both sides — Iranian and American — is extremely high. Iranian fear of American-sponsored regime change may seem unrealistic in today's world, but the fact is that Iran was the victim of an American regime change back in 1953."

 

 

December 3, 2012

"Not Even an Itsy-Bitsy Step"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Israel demonstrated once more, implicitly, that it does not favor a two-state solution. It also demonstrated once more that it has no strategic vision as to how to end its 45-year-old occupation of the Palestinian territories. And while it calls on the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table 'without preconditions,' while it continues to build settlements in these territories...."

 

 

November 28, 2012

"'We Must Have the Greatest Immorality, and We Must Have the Greatest Morality'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Hugh Cunningham, the schoolmasterish Director of Training, who presented us a formula which, though it has a certain starry-eyed quality of the early CIA, has stuck in my mind ever since: 'We must have the greatest immorality, and we must have the greatest morality.' By which Cunningham meant that we must exercise immorality (for what can otherwise be immorality than persuading a person to betray his country), but in our personal life we must exhibit the highest standards of morality."

 

 

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November 19, 2012

"Syria: Would Putin Pull a 'Pristina'?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Might Putin, if Bashar's regime became more threatened, be tempted to pull another Pristina? — the moment in 1999 when Russian troops, in support of their Serbian allies, sent a column in to occupy Pristina airport, in Kosovo. The Supreme Allied Commander (SACEUR), Wesley Clark, was in favor of blocking the runway against Russian reinforcements, but the leading British military officer in place there, Michael Jackson, countermanded Clarke, and a potentially dangerous East-West confrontation was avoided."

 

 

November 9, 2012

"An Election Retrospective: Pessimists Are Never Disappointed"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"As a coastal American and a member of the (misnamed) blue states, and what is more, the epicenter of abolitionism — Massachusetts; as a former white officer in a black Army unit at the twilight of segregation; as a second son, in principle not destined to wear the crown and therefore less establishment-oriented: my heart was with President Obama throughout the recent election campaign."

 

 

October 2012

"Italian Lake District: Historical Markers"

Op-Ed

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

We also visited Stresa...on Lake Maggiore, where...in 1935, on a nearby island known as Isola Bella, the three Western leaders, Ramsay McDonald of Britain, Pierre Laval of France, and Mussolini, signed a pact known as the "Front of Stresa," in opposition to a threatened anchluss (absorption) of Austria by Germany, in opposition to changes in the Versailles Treaty, and in support of the pact of Locarno (farther north in the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore) where in 1925, France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, and Italy came to a series of agreements. The first three pledged not to go to war, and the latter two acted as guarantors. But by the mid-1930s, Adolf Hitler had come to power in Germany and much of Europe had begun to run after him as the most powerful leader on the Continent. Mussolini was to follow suit.

 

 

October 26, 2012

"The Enduring First Debate Effect: They Finally Found a White Man They Could Like"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Much of the phrases used against Obama ('he doesn't understand America'; 'he has an anti-colonial Kenyan agenda'; 'he takes his political inspiration from Europe and from the socialist democrats in Europe') represent codewords aimed at exploiting the deep vein of racism in America that has been with us since the birth of the nation and before."

 

 

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October 15, 2012

"The Post–Cold War Cold Peace: Chalk One for the Russians"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he Russians have gathered together a formidable axis with which to contest the Western aim in Syria, which is to remove Bashar al Assad from power: the fellow veto-wielder in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), China, which has joined with the Russians in stymieing repeated UNSC attempts to end the conflict in Syria and bring about a change of regime. The Russians also have certain regional power backing for their Syrian policy of support to the Bashar al Assad regime: Shia Iran definitely; Shia Hezbollah definitely; and Shia Iraq, to some extent."

 

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