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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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Obstacles in the road as intra-Afghan peace talks loom

If there is one embodiment of the phrase “nothing comes easy,” it would have to be the fledgling Afghan peace and reconciliation process.

September 02, 2020

Make no mistake, the Taliban are still in bed with Al-Qaeda

One of the major findings of a new UN report on militant groups in Afghanistan is that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are cooperating closely.

June 06, 2020

A fitting tribute to journalists in Kashmir

Three Indian Associated Press photojournalists—Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand—have won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for their work in Kashmir.

May 10, 2020

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