South Asia 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:

Will ISIS Infect Bangladesh?

Aug 04, 2015
"Thanks to increased counterterrorism efforts spearheaded by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, IS has few allies that can help it tap into Bangladesh’s large Muslim population. Pro-IS sentiment, simply put, is very weak in Bangladesh," write Atif Jalal Ahmad and Michael Kugelman.

While China Waits on Shale Gas, Soaring Energy Demands Create Regional Tensions

Oct 16, 2014
China’s energy investments are on the move, touching nearly every region of the globe from coal and liquefied natural gas imports from Australia to a recent natural gas agreement with Russia and expanded oil drilling in the South China Sea.

Will Karachi Become the Next Waziristan?

Jun 09, 2014
Urban militancy is rising in Pakistan--and the troop drawdown in Afghanistan will likely make Pakistani cities even more violent, argues Michael Kugelman in his latest article for Foreign Policy.

President Obama’s Asia Trip: Implications for China-U.S. Relations

May 01, 2014
President Obama capped a four-nation visit to Asia with the announcement of a security agreement with the Philippines. While China was not one of the President’s stops, relations with the People’s Republic loomed large as a back drop for his visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. We spoke with former U.S. Ambassador to China, J. Stapleton Roy about the significance of the trip.

When the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban Unite

Mar 26, 2014
"Come next year, the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban could formally join forces-a jihadist juggernaut with alarming implications for regional stability," writes Michael Kugelman.

Is the Worst Yet to Come?

Mar 13, 2014
It suddenly seems that Bangladesh may be on the verge of repeating an older version of its history, the attempt to create a one-party authoritarian state 40 years ago, writes William Milam.

New Policy Brief Series on Pakistan's Rapid Urbanization

Mar 10, 2014
A new study of one of Pakistan's most significant--yet unaddressed--challenges.

Is There Any Hope for Pakistan's Shias?

Feb 27, 2014
Remarks made by Michael Kugelman at a February 24 conference on the world's Shia Muslims.