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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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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

Civilians pay the highest price for Afghanistan’s war

An Afghan air strike last week targeting Taliban fighters killed dozens in the northern province of Kunduz. Among the dead were civilians, including children, gathered for a religious ceremony.

April 08, 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

Trump embraces hard power solutions to help ‘Make America Great Again’

If there’s one major takeaway from the national security component of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last Tuesday, it’s that the US president is intent o

February 04, 2018

Modi’s big chance to put ‘Act East’ into action

On Jan. 25, 10 Southeast Asian leaders will descend on New Delhi for this year’s India-ASEAN summit. For Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there’s much at stake.

January 21, 2018

Qadri — a man of contradictions

This week, an ailing Pakistani preacher has travelled to the United States for medical treatment. The visit has generated few headlines — he is not a well-known global figure. 

December 08, 2014

Is terrorism the real threat to Pakistan?

It has been a bloody few weeks in Pakistan, even by the country’s violent standards. Sectarian extremists assaulted an open-air market. Separatist militants executed bus passengers. Terrorists bombed a children’s soccer game and a policeman’s funeral.

September 10, 2013