CPPR and US Consulate, Chennai region is hosting a Google Hangout with Mr Michael Kugelman, Senior Program Associate, South and South East Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C on “Possible trajectories for India-Pakistan relations” on November 7th between 2:30-3:30 pm.



Michael Kugelman is the senior program associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he is responsible for research, programming, and publications on both regions. His main specialty is Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, and his current research and writing projects focus on post-2014 Afghanistan, Pakistan’s energy crisis, and the food-water-energy nexus in India. His India work has encompassed U.S.-India relations, Pakistan-India relations, India’s internal and external security challenges, and the security implications of India’s natural resource constraints. Mr. Kugelman is a monthly columnist for Foreign Policy’s South Asia Channel and a weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog. He has also published op-eds and commentaries in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico, CNN.com, Bloomberg View, The Diplomat, and The National Interest, among others. He has been interviewed by numerous major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, BBC, CNN, NPR, and Voice of America. He has also produced a number of longer publications on South Asia, including the edited volumes Pakistan’s Runaway Urbanization: What Can Be Done? (Wilson Center, 2014) and Pakistan-India Trade: What Needs To Be Done? What Does It Matter? (Wilson Center, 2013). He has published policy briefs, journal articles, and book chapters on issues ranging from Pakistani youth and social media to India’s energy security strategy and transboundary water management in South Asia. Mr. Kugelman received his M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He received his B.A. from American University’s School of International Service. Follow him on Twitter @michaelkugelman


Topic: Possible trajectories for India-Pakistan relations

This fraught relationship has made modest improvements in recent years, with increased diplomacy and progress toward a formal trade relationship. Yet many in Pakistan are concerned by new Indian PM Narendra Modi. What can we expect from this bilateral relationship in the months ahead? Is an MFN relationship a realistic prospect? Will Modi, as he suggests, pursue closer ties with Islamabad? Also, the military drawdown in Afghanistan has implications for India-Pakistan relations. Will the departure of U.S. troops prompt Pakistani militant groups now active in Afghanistan—particularly Lashkar-e-Taiba—to redirect their focus to India and Kashmir? What could this mean for bilateral relations? Finally, what role can or should Washington and Beijing play in India-Pakistan ties moving forward?


Those interested to do the hangout with Micheal, kindly send us your gmail email ids latest by Thursday 6th November to coo@cppr.in. This will enable us to send you the invite for the google hangout.

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