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Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman is deputy director of the Asia Program and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Twitter: @michaelkugelman

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Afghanistan’s fledgling peace process faces some tough early tests

In a previous column, I wrote that with a US-Taliban agreement now in hand, the hard work has just begun in the quest for peace in Afghanistan.

March 13, 2020

The hard work has just begun in Afghanistan

It is surreal, even unbelievable, to be writing about a signed troop withdrawal agreement between the US government and the Taliban in Afghanistan. 

March 01, 2020

New Taliban-US peace talks prompt cautious optimism

Three months after US President Donald Trump pulled the plug on talks between the US government and the Taliban, negotiations have formally resumed.

December 16, 2019

Modi’s honeymoon period is over

For nearly four years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done something extraordinary: Despite confronting many problems and crises at home, he has managed to remain consistently popular. Recent developments, however, suggest that he is starting to lose his magic — and fast.

April 22, 2018

Pompeo set for fight now, talk later approach in South Asia

The White House’s revolving door never stops spinning. Rex Tillerson’s ouster marks the latest, but certainly not the last, case of a top US official being sent packing. 

March 20, 2018

Palmerston’s wise words as true now as 170 years ago

When it comes to international relations, making predictions can be a perilous pursuit. The world is, and always has been, a complicated and ever-changing place. Trying to make sense of global affairs and trying to prognosticate the direction of global diplomacy is never easy.

March 01, 2018

Why India-China ties are under strain

A new global threat assessment by the US intelligence community predicts a difficult year for India-China relations.

February 18, 2018