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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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The sobering realities behind the pomp of Trump-Kim summit

In my column last week, I predicted that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un would benefit in big ways from their historic summit in Singapore — but that the world would not be any better off.
Unfortunately, now that the summit has concluded, it appears that prediction was correct.

June 15, 2018

Keeping expectations in check for the Trump-Kim summit

It’s official: The big event will be happening after all. First it was very much on. Then it was definitely off. Then it was maybe on again. And now it is very much on once again. 

June 06, 2018

Why is the Taliban so strong?

This past week, the Taliban entered the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name located in western Afghanistan. For a brief period, it took over several government buildings before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and US airstrikes.

May 20, 2018

Now is not the time to send the Rohingya back to Myanmar

Recent days have brought a new flurry of international diplomatic activity intended to help ease the plight of the Rohingya.

May 06, 2018

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