Michael Kugelman

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I don't think it's a coincidence that this hostage release was announced when you have a parade of top Trump administration officials in Islamabad to deliver strongly worded warnings to Pakistan.feedback
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Oct 13 2017 Trump Presidency
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Aug 03 2017 - Afghanistan

This is not a neighbourhood where Isis will find many natural friendships. Isis is a clear and present danger in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, but we shouldn't overstate the nature of this threat.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Gone are the days when we would expect the military to swoop in as the saviour to restore order.feedback

Jul 28 2017

This wouldn't exactly be uncharted territory for Pakistan, because we've seen this movie before.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - China

What better way for China to demonstrate clout than to build a military base right in your rival's backyard?feedback

May 31 2017 - Kabul

Let's be clear: This is an intelligence failure, as has been the case with so many other attacks in Kabul and beyond. There was a clear failure to anticipate a major security threat in a highly secured area. The fact that these intelligence failures keep happening suggest that something isn't working at the top, and major and urgent changes are needed in security policy.feedback

May 22 2017 - OBOR

China is winning in many ways over India, and particularly in the race for influence across South Asia and the broader region. Given how deeply entrenched China's footprint is in South Asia, and given how OBOR will cement this deep presence, Modi has a very long road ahead of him to try to push back against Beijing.feedback

May 22 2017 - China

Modi sought to depict himself as a more decisive kind of leader who can actually make things happen quickly–and to an extent he has succeeded. Still, he is a product of a system and institutions that make it hard to move quickly, including in the area of foreign relations. And ultimately Xi and China win out from this.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Taliban

Let's face it, no matter how many troops you may send to Afghanistan it is going to be very difficult to end the war, we had 100,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan during height of the surge and we didn't end the war.feedback

Nov 28 2016 - Russia

Given President-Elect Donald Trump's desire to improve relations with Moscow, the Mi-17s could be making their return not too far down the road.feedback

Oct 13 2016

Contrary to the public messaging in Islamabad, China is not the perpetual jolly partner when it comes to its relations with Pakistan. With China's investments and economic assets growing in Pakistan, it's only natural that it would worry. All militants, whether 'good' or 'bad' as characterized by Pakistan, threaten stability and by extension China's economic interests.feedback

Oct 06 2016

They face a formidable enemy, with very limited resources and many Afghan troops aren't getting paid on time.feedback

May 07 2016 - Taliban

There's no one sole source of the Haqqani network's strength, though three places you can point to are its personnel, its links to Pakistan, and its ties to the Gulf region.feedback

May 07 2016 - Taliban

I can't imagine the Afghans would be able to take on the Haqqanis themselves. I'm not sure they'd be able to take them on even with assistance from foreign combat forces.feedback

Jan 02 2016

The moment that Modi touched down in Lahore (and probably even before), something like this was doomed to happen. At this point, there's sufficient goodwill in India-Pakistan relations to weather this attack. Saboteurs won't win this one.feedback

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