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Persistent Challenges in South Asia

Wed, May 9, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:15pm


You are cordially invited to a panel on the topic of
Persistent Challenges in South Asia
Michael Kugelman, Matthew C. DuPée, Matthew Dearing, 
Rameez Abbas,
and Ginger Guzman

Wednesday, May 9th
2:00 – 4:15 PM

Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036



IWP is pleased to be partnering this panel with the National Defense University.

About the Panel: In August 2017, the White House unveiled a new South Asia Strategy presenting a narrow definition of victory through increased military firepower against ISIS, al-Qaida, and Taliban. While the President called for an expansion of rules of engagement for US military in Afghanistan, he also promised a harsher stance on Pakistan and a closer reliance on India in Afghanistan’s future. Nine months later, how much closer is the US and its allies towards stabilizing the complex security environment in Afghanistan? Our panelists will cover persistent challenges facing the country and its neighbors as the US endeavors upon a broader South Asia Strategy.

Panel Chair & Discussant: Ginger Guzman is conducting research at The Institute of World Politics from Tallinn University in Estonia. Her current research focuses on the development of ideational cyberpower of small and asymmetrically weak states. She previously worked as the Director of Outreach and Communication for the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program and as a research associate for the Center on Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School.

About the Panelists:

Michael Kugelman is deputy director for the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center and is also the Center’s senior associate for South Asia. His specialty areas include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and U.S. relations with each of them. His recent projects have focused on India’s foreign policy, U.S.-Pakistan relations, India-Pakistan relations, the war in Afghanistan, and U.S. policy in South Asia. He is a regular contributor to publications that include Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and

Matthew C. DuPée is a senior South Asia expert and analyst for the U.S. Defense Department. He previously served as a research associate at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Remote Sensing Center and for the Program for Culture & Conflict Studies. His studies focus on licit and illicit aspects of the extractives industry, organized crime, state building, and insurgency.

Matthew Dearing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Regional and Analytic Studies at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University. He directs the South and Central Asia Security Studies program. His research focuses on the function and behavior of paramilitary groups in developing states, with fieldwork and archival research in Afghanistan and Malawi. He has published articles journals such as Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and Stability: International Journal of Security and Development and publishes commentary and analysis in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks.

Rameez Abbas is an Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) at the National Defense University, where she teaches courses on South Asian politics, statecraft, and the Muslim world. She has also been Lecturer and Program Coordinator at the MA in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and Editor and Publications Manager at the Migration Policy Institute. Dr. Abbas has a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins, where her work focused on migration and citizenship politics in India. Her research has been supported by the East West Center in Washington, and she was also awarded a Fulbright grant. Her current research is about the political strategies of religious minorities in South Asia and the Middle East. Her work has appeared in several publications, including Foreign Affairs and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.


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