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Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

38 Posts

Domestic politics dent its diplomacy?

Supporters of Pakistan's Islamic and political Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) party shout anti-India slogans during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan,...

Is Biden building a broader south asia policy?

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen at the U.S. State Department in Washington on April 4.&nb...

Why India Just Limited Wheat Exports

Workers load sacks of wheat on a freight train at Chawa Pail railway station in Khanna, India, on May 19. SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES...

Can Modi overcome India’s Ukraine stance?

Welcome to South Asia Brief. The highlights this week: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inks new deals in a trip to Europe, Sri Lan...

South asia’s record-breaking heat wave isn’t over yet

Men rest by the riverside on a hot day in Allahabad, India, on April 28. SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Welcome to South Asia Brief. T...

Political Crisis Heightens U.S.-Pakistan Tensions

Security personnel walk past a banner featuring Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan near the Parliament House building in Islamabad on April 3.&nbs...

The Taliban hard-liners are winning

Welcome to South Asia Brief. The highlights this week: Taliban hard-liners make a power play, Russia’s foreign minister vis...

Afghanistan misinformation after the Taliban takeover: Con...

Note: Some of the hyperlinks in this essay lead to graphic images. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021 has produced a surge of mis...

Imran Khan faces his biggest political test yet

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan watches the Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad on March 23. GHULAM RASOOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Welcome to...

The missile crisis that wasn’t

Pakistani military helicopters fly past a vehicle carrying a long-range ballistic missile during a military parade on Pakistan's National Day in Isl...

Oil price surge will hit South Asia hard

A worker stacks oil barrels at a filling station in n Chennai, India, on Feb. 24. ARUN SANKAR/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Welcome to South Asia Bri...

The Uttar Pradesh elections are a referendum on BJP rule

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Yogi Adityanath waves to supporters from atop a truck during campaigning in Alla...

What the Russia-Ukraine crisis means for South Asia

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin Wall in Moscow on Feb....

Lata Mangeshkar was a south asian icon

Welcome to South Asia Brief. The highlights this week: South Asia mourns the loss of Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar, voting begins in stat...

India’s economy could loom large in state elections

A pedestrian watches a digital screen relaying the budget speech by Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the facade of the BSE Limited stoc...

Why India is silent on the Ukraine crisis

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Dec. 6, 2021. M...

South Asia has a connectivity disconnect

Men ride motorcycles past electricity pylons in Vollur village, Karnataka, India, on Oct. 10, 2021. ABHISHEK CHINNAPPA/GETTY IMAGES Welcome...

India and China’s border conundrum

Indian Army soldiers stand next to a gun positioned near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in India's Arunachal Pradesh state on Oct. 20, 2021. ...

The Taliban pick fight over border with Pakistan

A Afghan boy walks by fences guarded by Pakistani paramilitary personnel at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing in Chaman, Pakistan, on Aug. 23...

What to watch in south asia this year

A Taliban fighter inspects the documents of people lining up to enter the passport office in Kabul on Dec. 18. MOHD RASFAN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES...

Why did the United States just sanction Bangladesh?

People wave national flags as they gather for Victory Day, which marks the end of a bitter nine-month war of independence from Pakistan, in Savar, B...