After 14 Years, Still Fighting in Afghanistan

Oct 09, 2015
After 14 years of U.S. military support to Afghanistan, and more reconstruction assistance than was used for the Marshall Plan, how can the Taliban be capable of seizing a major Afghan city? And nearly a year after the official end of the U.S. combat mission, why are American troops still fighting?

If China and the U.S. Wants the South China Sea Disputes to Cool Down

Oct 06, 2015
In May 2015, a CNN exclusive showed a US military surveillance aircraft overflying features at low altitude that China had expanded by land reclamation in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy warned the aircraft to leave the area eight times in response to the plane’s claim that it was overflying international airspace. The incident caused uproar in the West, which portrayed China as trying to claim international waters as its own sovereign territory. In China, the incident spurred warnings that if the US bottom-line is that China has to stop land reclamation, then a China-US war is inevitable.

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:

Taliban Fighters Take Over City of Kunduz

Sep 30, 2015
Michael Kugelman provides insight into the Taliban’s takeover of the city of Kunduz.

Is the Honeymoon Over for Narendra Modi?

Sep 23, 2015
"India’s prime minister may be taking the world by storm, but he is suffering major setbacks at home," writes Michael Kugelman.

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.

Evaluating the US-India Strategic Agenda

Sep 16, 2015
" The U.S. government acting alone simply does not have the resources to make much difference to economic growth in India even though India needs outside help. At times this seems hard for the Indian side to understand and even harder for the U.S. side to admit." said Raymond E. Vickery

An Afghan Prison Break That Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

Sep 14, 2015
"Ghazni represents something close to a worst-case scenario for Kabul and its allies in Washington: a province where state authority and control are collapsing in the face of relentless Taliban assaults." said Michael Kugelman

D.C. and Delhi: Dysfunctional Democracies?

Sep 14, 2015
Has the United States, not unlike India, reached a new normal where legislative blockage is more important than addressing pending needs?