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Eugene B. Kogan

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One Brattle Square 518
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Mailbox 134
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Eugene B. Kogan

Director, American Secretaries of State Project

Telephone: 617-495-8448
Fax: 617-496-0606



Eugene B. Kogan is the Director of the American Secretaries of State Project, a joint initiative of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School.  Dr. Kogan leads the American Secretaries of State Project’s research efforts as the new Project prepares to interview all former U.S. Secretaries of State about the most demanding and consequential negotiations they conducted while serving in the nation’s highest foreign policy office.

Dr. Kogan is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He specializes in coercive negotiations and holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University.  Dr. Kogan is working on a book on nuclear negotiations based on his doctoral thesis, which was awarded Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s 2014 Raiffa Award for the Best Student Doctoral Paper.  He co-taught a course on military instruments of foreign policy at Harvard Extension School in the fall of 2014.

Cell Number: 202-670-2552



By Date



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April 4, 2014

"Reassuring Jittery Asian Allies"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Eugene B. Kogan, Director, American Secretaries of State Project

"It is time for the Obama administration to concentrate with a laser-like precision on an urgent strategic challenge: not the FAA, but PAA—perceptions of American allies. By tacitly acquiescing to China's air defense zone, the United States deepened the pervasive perception among our Asian allies—grounded in a long history of U.S. ambivalent behavior towards its friends in the region—that it is an unreliable security patron, increasing their temptation to explore alternative security assurance options, including nuclear weapons."



March 12, 2014

Nuclear Negotiations between the United States and its Allies

Media Feature

By Eugene B. Kogan, Director, American Secretaries of State Project

What can the United States do to thwart the nuclear ambitions of its allies? Dr. Kogan analyzes past cases where the United States was able to leverage its alliance commitments to stop friendly states from going nuclear. He then asks what lessons these past nuclear negotiations hold for today.  In the coming decade, key U.S. allies in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia) and East Asia (South Korea, Japan) may consider reducing their reliance on U.S. security guarantees by acquiring independent nuclear deterrents.  In conversation with Project Director Kevin Ryan, Dr. Kogan discusses Washington's options in confronting these contemporary allies with nascent nuclear appetites.



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February 27, 2014

"Coercive Diplomacy in WMD Negotiations"

Op-Ed, Iran Matters

By Eugene B. Kogan, Director, American Secretaries of State Project

Dr. Eugene Kogan examines the West's approach to Iran and Syria through the lens of coercive diplomacy. Both cases, he argues, offer a chance to revitalize coercion as a tool of American diplomacy.



October 2013

"Proliferation Among Friends: Taiwan's Lessons from 1970s–80s"

Conference Paper

By Eugene B. Kogan, Director, American Secretaries of State Project

The U.S. achieved nonproliferation success against Taiwan in the 1970s and 1980s by forcing this highly dependent ally to accept intrusive on-site inspections that stopped its nuclear work. Taiwan depended on the U.S. for its very survival....Repeated military punishment threats against Taiwan's security (threat to abandon) and civilian nuclear program failed to change this ally's determination to acquire nuclear weapons. Success was achieved thanks to coercion by denial and dismantlement that uncovered and stopped Taipei's nuclear work.



August 2013

"Coercing Allies: Why Friends Abandon Nuclear Plans"

Conference Paper

By Eugene B. Kogan, Director, American Secretaries of State Project

This paper studies under what conditions the U.S. can coerce its allies to forgo nuclear weapons. Specifically, why did Taiwan and South Korea give up their nuclear pursuits under American duress, while Israel and Pakistan attained a nuclear capability?

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