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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.

23 August 2019 07:02 PM

We ignore the continued ISIS threat at our peril

Last weekend’s attack on a wedding hall in Kabul, which killed 80 people and wounded 200, is a tragic reminder of the threat posed by ISIS.

09 March 2019 01:10 PM

It is time to start taking the Taliban talks seriously

There are reasons galore to be skeptical about the current negotiations between the US and the Taliban, which have gone through multiple rounds in recent months.

05 January 2019 10:56 AM

Trump is not abandoning the region to rival powers

From promises to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan to high-profile negotiations with the Taliban, US President Donald Trump’s plans for the Middle East, announced shortly before the New Year, caused shock waves throughout the region.

03 January 2019 10:02 AM

Difficult days ahead for Afghanistan

Recent days have produced two major developments for Afghanistan. One is a seemingly out-of-the-blue decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw 7,000 American troops from the country in the coming months (though a White House spokesman claimed that a withdrawal order hasn’t been issued just yet).