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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.

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...

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...

Afghan NUG government needs bolstering from Trump Administration

In Washington, the silence is deafening. Ever since U.S. combat forces left Afghanistan at the end of 2014, relatively little has been heard about America’s...

Hafiz Saeed’s arrest a state decision: DG ISPR

News Analysis DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has clarified that the arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s head Hafiz Saeed Ahmad is a state decision taken in the...

Where does Pakistan fit into Trump’s World?

Najma Minhas | Trump in his inauguration speech declared that “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones” with such words he has given...

Taliban tell Trump to get out of Afghanistan

The Taliban has asked President Donald Trump to withdraw US forces from the "quagmire" of Afghanistan, saying that nothing has been achieved in 15...

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

Michael Kugelman The 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...

Trump’s call to “Terrific Nawaz”: Headache for Indian Lobbyists?

United States President-elect Donald Trump said November 30 that he would love to visit Pakistan, when invited. It is to be noted that President...

Current political crisis and negotiations…!

Moeed Pirzada | Ref: Last Night Discussion on Form-14 Verifications: - Discussion with Mudassar Rizvi & Fawad was a bit technical but very important to...

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