Michael Kugelman

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Michael Kugelman is the senior associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he is responsible for research, programming, and publications on the region. His main specialty is Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan and U.S. relations with each of them. Mr. Kugelman writes monthly columns for Foreign Policy’s South Asia Channel and monthly commentaries for War on the Rocks. He also contributes regular pieces to the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank blog. He has published op-eds and commentaries in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico, CNN.com, Bloomberg View, The Diplomat, Al Jazeera, and The National Interest, among others. He has been interviewed by numerous major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, BBC, CNN, NPR, and Voice of America. He has also produced a number of longer publications on South Asia, including the edited volumes Pakistan’s Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out? (Wilson Center, 2015), Pakistan’s Runaway Urbanization: What Can Be Done? (Wilson Center, 2014), and India’s Contemporary Security Challenges (Wilson Center, 2013). He has published policy briefs, journal articles, and book chapters on issues ranging from Pakistani youth and social media to India’s energy security strategy and transboundary water management in South Asia.

What’s next for US-Pakistan relations after Imran Khan’s US visit?

For proponents of the U.S.-Pakistan partnership, there’s much to be heartened about after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Washington. There were smiles and kind...

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy is simply old wine in a new bottle

Michael Kugelman |Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades. A cycle of...

More troops in Afghanistan: A recap of the Vietnam war?

Michael Kugelman |(CNN) In recent days, with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency continuing to gain steam and America's longest war staggering through its 16th year, analysts have...

Pakistan’s strong economic performance? Questionable

Michael Kugelman|Recent months have seen a proliferation of Western media commentary attesting to Pakistan’s strong economic performance. Factors of economic development Tyler Cowan declared Pakistan’s economy...

Focusing on ISIS: Are we losing sight of a bigger enemy in Afghanistan?

Michael Kugelman |On April 13, the U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on caves and tunnels used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan....

Why isn’t the World talking about Kashmir?

Michael Kugelman |Today, the trend lines for Jammu & Kashmir are quite troubling, to say the least. Nearly a year after Indian security forces...

Will Hate Crimes in Trump’s America hinder US-India Relations?

Michael Kugelman |Indian-Americans enjoy a public park in Columbus, Ohio. Men play volleyball, women chat, kids climb on playground equipment.Yet this innocuous footage is...

Kabul and Islamabad: Danger on the Durand line – Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman |Last month, Pakistan suffered its deadliest spasm of terrorist violence since 2014. Over a period of four days in February, militants struck...

Will Trump’s Cabinet be anti-Pakistan? Michael Kugelman

Michael KugelmanThe Donald Trump administration won’t be itching to engage with South Asia. Still, there’s good reason to believe that Trump cabinet members will...

U.S. Policy in South Asia: Imperatives and Challenges

By Michael Kugelman | Summary Sustained bilateral and multilateral U.S. engagement in South Asia is of the essence. Three major factors amplify the importance of placing...

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