Pakistan News

Investing in Pakistan's Future

Oct 06, 2015
Pakistan’s youth bulge can be a life line if its young people get decent schooling - See more at:

Pakistani Taliban: Down But Not Out

Sep 18, 2015
"In short, the Pakistani Taliban is down but not out. It enjoys close ties to powerful al Qaeda-linked militant groups in the region, and it retains the ability to recruit fighters to join those based in the Pakistani tribal belt, elsewhere in Pakistan, and in Afghanistan," writes Michael Kugelman.

After Mullah Omar’s Death, the Taliban Could Fracture Further

Jul 31, 2015
"We may be seeing in Afghanistan the calm before the storm. If tensions spill over, splinter groups could form and some Taliban members could defect to Islamic State. Should such tumult feed on itself enough, it might even tear the Taliban apart," writes Michael Kugelman.

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Confirmed

Jul 29, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

Pakistan’s Other National Struggle: Its Energy Crisis

Jul 09, 2015
"Pakistan’s energy crisis is rooted in such a complex and interrelated web of causes (including but not limited to crushing sectoral debt, gross mismanagement, and dysfunctional institutions) that there is little consensus on what needs to be done and how," writes Michael Kugelman.

Powerless in Pakistan

Jun 30, 2015
"Pakistan is in the midst of rapid urbanization — a major societal shift that could worsen the effects of energy problems in the years ahead...With droves of Pakistanis entering cities and becoming dependent on grids, supply pressures will deepen exponentially," writes Michael Kugelman.

Nightmare Scenarios

Jun 28, 2015
"Groundwater is water security’s last resort — it is what we tap into when surface supplies run dry. And yet in Pakistan, this safety net is fraying. The country’s water security blanket is in danger of being yanked away," writes Michael Kugelman.

Why Does Pakistan Accuse Indian Spies of Terrorism?

Jun 09, 2015
"In essence, the Pakistani military invokes the threat of India, and the specter of RAW-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, to underscore the armed forces’ self-proclaimed role as the nation’s sole protector. In so doing, the armed forces seek to provide more justification for their outsize role in the Pakistani state," writes Michael Kugelman.

3 Reasons to Be Skeptical of Seymour Hersh’s Account of the Bin Laden Raid

May 11, 2015
"Mr. Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has broken major stories, including the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. This account purports to explain an elaborate conspiracy theory, and-–as I have written previously-–such stories sometimes contain elements of truth. Still, the issues of sourcing and substance suggest taking Mr. Hersh’s account with a healthy dose of salt," writes Michael Kugelman.