South Asia

AfPak File Podcast: The Russia Connection In the Afghanistan Peace Process

Last week, Taliban officials met with senior Afghan politicians - none of them members of the government in Kabul - in Moscow. It marked the second time in recent weeks that the insurgents held meetings in Russia.

Unpacking the Belt and Road Initiative: What Is It and Where Is It Going?

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s mammoth and globe-girdling infrastructure and trade corridor project, represents one of those rare watershed developments for international affairs—something so big and consequential that it is impossible to ignore, no matter where in the world one might be sitting.

The AfPak File Podcast

Launched in September 2018, the AfPak File Podcast is a new series jointly hosted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Wilson Center's Asia Program.  In each episode, a group of experts gather to discuss key topics affecting the region.  Asia Program Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman joins each program.

Episodes (in reverse chronological order)

AfPak File Podcast: The US/Taliban Talks: Significance, Implications, And Next Steps

In recent days, the United States and the Taliban reportedly agreed to a framework for a potential deal - one that could involve the Taliban denying space to international terror groups and to an eventual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

AfPak File Podcast: Unpacking the Relationship Between Tehran and the Taliban

Dispatches: February 2018

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What To Look For in 2019: The Year Ahead in Asia

America In Search of an Asia Strategy

Warzone Conservation in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Alex Dehgan

“For people who have been refugees for the last 30 years, protecting Afghan wildlife was a way of protecting your own identity,” said Alex Dehgan, CEO and founder of Conservation X Labs, who recently spoke at the Wilson Center at the launch of his book, The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation.

Event Recap: Islamic Law, the Nation State, and the Case of Pakistan

In recent decades, ambivalence toward modernity, along with the promise of justice and morality, have led to efforts in some Muslim-majority countries to partially “Islamize” the state. Pakistan presents an important case study. Pakistan’s Islamization program in the 1970s and 1980s promised increased justice and other public goods by virtue of laws purportedly rooted in revelation. This program has resulted in some controversial outcomes, such as Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

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