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Mark S. Cogan

Mark S. Cogan

Mark S. Cogan is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

Mark S. Cogan is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. His research interests include Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region, as well as security studies, peacebuilding, counter-terrorism, and human rights. He is a former communications specialist with the United Nations, serving in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East.

Posts by Mark S. Cogan
November 02, 2022

Thailand’s Troubling History With the Uyghurs

By Mark S. Cogan
Out of fear of destabilizing its relations with Beijing, the Thai government has failed to protect Uyghur civilians who have sought political asylum in the country.

October 10, 2022

Okinawa and the Osprey: A Human Rights Perspective

By Mark S. Cogan
Civil society groups claim that the tiltrotor aircraft has had a significant impact on the local population's quality of life.
September 28, 2022

Containing China’s Maritime Power: A Question of Capability and Intent

By Paul D. Scott and Mark S. Cogan
China’s foreign policy assertiveness and the posturing of “wolf warrior diplomacy” have generated serious concerns about Beijing's intentions – especially at sea.

August 31, 2022

Michelle Bachelet’s Spectacular Fall From Grace

By Mark S. Cogan
The legacy of the outgoing U.N. human rights chief has been defined by her dithering and inaction over the Chinese government's abuses in Xinjiang.

August 25, 2022

The Thai PM’s Future Is in the Hands of a Favorable and Predictable Court

By Mark S. Cogan
The country's Constitutional Court may choose to dismiss Prayut Chan-o-cha from office, but it won't dismantle the structure of power that he represents.

August 04, 2022

Abe Shinzo Excelled at Foreign Policy, But He Failed Women Badly

By Sachiko Oshimo and Mark S. Cogan
The late Japanese leader stoked a reactionary social conservatism that reinforced the country's traditional gender roles.
June 16, 2022

How Engaged Was China at the Shangri-La Dialogue?

By Mark S. Cogan
At this year's Dialogue, Chinese officials were strident and defensive – but it's better to have Beijing in than out.

June 02, 2022

Is Biden Bringing ‘Strategic Ambiguity’ on Taiwan to an End?

By Mark S. Cogan
Despite his recent gaffes about U.S. policy toward Taiwan, Biden's caution and conservatism are likely to carry the day.

April 05, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis: An Opportunity for India to Reclaim Influence

By Mark S. Cogan and Dr. Dalbir Ahlawat
Continued instability on the island will have repercussions in India. That will be a burden for India, not for China.

March 09, 2022

Time to End Ambiguity: Ukrainian Lessons for Taiwan and the U.S.

By Mark S. Cogan and Paul D. Scott
If the West will not defend Ukraine, a country of 40 million people and the breadbasket of Europe, will it defend Taiwan?

February 10, 2022

Addressing the Southeast Asian Food Security Vulnerabilities Exposed by COVID-19

By Mark S. Cogan and Paul D. Scott
The pandemic has highlighted just how precarious the region's food supplies are.
December 02, 2021

Democracy Promotion in the Indo-Pacific: Prelude to a ‘Biden Doctrine’?

By Mark S. Cogan and Paul D. Scott
Despite its limits, the Biden administration should anchor its foreign policy in support of democratic principles and self-determination.

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