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Michael Kugelman

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Past articles by Michael:

Have China and Pakistan Hit a Roadblock?

Beijing-funded infrastructure projects have slowed, but their longtime partnership remains inevitable. → Read More

China Is India's Greatest Military Threat, Poll Says

A new poll reveals shifting perspectives as Beijing challenges New Delhi on several fronts. → Read More

Bangladesh Becomes U.S.-Russia Battleground

A surprising war of words over U.S. actions in the country highlights Dhaka’s tricky balancing act. → Read More

Trends to Watch in South Asia Next Year

From India’s G-20 presidency to brewing public discontent elsewhere in the region, 2023 could be another up-and-down year. → Read More

2022: South Asia's Year in Review

Four stories stood out in a tumultuous 2022, from Sri Lanka’s economic crisis to Modi’s pushback against Putin. → Read More

Nepal’s Ruling Coalition Has the Edge in Elections

The Nepali Congress party looks set to hang onto power when final results come in next week. → Read More

India’s Opposition Faces an Uphill Battle

The Indian National Congress party has a new leader, but he will struggle to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party. → Read More

Washington’s Balancing Act in South Asia

India lambasted a proposed U.S. military sale to Pakistan as both countries’ top diplomats met with U.S. officials this week. → Read More

In Flooded Pakistan, It’s Politics as Usual

As Islamabad continues to appeal for international assistance, its political polarization has proved to be an obstacle too. → Read More

Smart Take: Pakistan Faces Food Crises after Devastating Floods

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region. Read more → Read More

Pakistan’s Flood Crisis Could Become a Food Crisis

International aid is pouring in, but the local food insecurity would have global consequences. → Read More

How Bad Governance Exacerbated Pakistan’s Flooding

The disaster has affected more than 30 million people and is a warning for other climate-vulnerable states. → Read More

How China-Taiwan Tensions Play Out in India

South Asia has closer ties with Beijing, but the risk of escalation presents a challenge, especially for New Delhi. → Read More

Central Asia Steps Up Its Regional Diplomacy

Uzbekistan hosts two major summits this week with consequences for neighboring South Asia, particularly Afghanistan. → Read More

India Plays BRICS to Its Interests

New Delhi makes a fairly safe gamble by supporting the group—without putting itself at odds with the West. → Read More

The Quad Looks West to the Indian Ocean

At a leaders’ meeting in Tokyo, the group widened its strategic focus to include the Indian Ocean region. → Read More

Why India Just Limited Wheat Exports

The decision recalls New Delhi’s COVID-19 vaccine export ban last year, with some key differences. → Read More

Can Modi Overcome India’s Ukraine Stance?

The Indian prime minister’s trip to Europe this week shows there is still room for deepening ties with the West. → Read More

Political Crisis Heightens U.S.-Pakistan Tensions

Faced with a no-confidence vote, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Washington of meddling—reflecting long-standing mistrust. → Read More

The Taliban Hard-Liners Are Winning

Draconian steps on girls’ education and press freedom are taking Afghanistan back to the 1990s. → Read More