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This Wilson Memo, "Implications of U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan & Taliban Takeover," takes a dive into the challenges ahead for the Taliban, the broader Central Asian region, and the United States with Asia Program expert Michael Kugelman. The memo also provides actionable ideas for U.S. policymakers and emphasizes the opportunity the U.S. has to reaffirm our commitment to Central Asian allies. 


Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

Director, South Asia Institute
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Congressional Relations

The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. We organize and run a series of educational programs led by Wilson Center experts, ranging from seminars to podcasts, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of international policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings for Members of Congress.  Read more

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more