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Nawaz Sharif (C), leader of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) political party, casts his vote for the general election at a polling station in Lahore May 11, 2013.

Pakistan's Historic Election Changes Little for U.S. Relations

Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia Michael Kugelman analyzed the results of the Pakistani elections and how it would affect the U.S. relationship with Pakistan in this video interview with The Washington Post.

Energy Band-Aids

In a May 21 op-ed in the Daily Times, Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway and associate Michael Kugelman argue that Pakistan's new energy conservation measures fall short of addressing Pakistan's energy crisis. Hathaway and Kugelman lay out a "comprehensive strategy" that would allow Pakistan to meet its energy needs. Click here to read the op-ed.

4 Reasons Elections Won't Fix Afghanistan

No matter how free, fair, credible, and legitimate the election ultimately is (or is not), Afghanistan has a long way to go before it becomes a more stable state. Here are four reasons why.

'Zero Option' the Right One in Afghanistan

U.S. President Barack Obama is seriously considering the possibility of removing every U.S. soldier from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. It would be the right decision, Michael Kugelman writes on CNN.com.

Cries of Anguish: A Report on Pakistan's FATA

Pakistan's volatile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are too dangerous for most outsiders to access, and little information on the area leaves the region. Khalid Aziz, director of institutional capacity-building for the FATA Secretariat, screens a documentary and discusses the area's beleaguered development.

Kite Sensorship: Regulating China’s Airways

Launched in July 2012, FLOAT Beijing—a community art project that utilizes citizen science—offers a simple, innovative, and non-confrontational approach to air quality monitoring: kites. Pioneered by two U.S. graduate students, the project tracks air pollutants using air sensor modules attached to kites.

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