Deputy director @AsiaProgram and South Asia senior associate @TheWilsonCenter. Main emphasis on Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh.

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@MichaelKugelman — 34,705 followers, 9,400 tweets

The US may want to "counter" China, but not in Afghanistan-US/China interests actually align quite well there.  https://twitter.com/natsecjeff/status/954379261816856576 
From new #NationalDefenseStrategy: "Interstate strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security." That's code for #China (mentioned in strat doc) & underscores importance of #India (not mentioned) in USG thinking.  https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf 
The Q of whether to try or not to try bringing the HQN in to potential (and unlikely) talks has long been out there.  https://tribune.com.pk/story/1612403/1-us-asks-pakistan-convince-haqqanis-talks/ 
Is this true? All this mixed messaging, from both the US and #Pakistan sides, is enough to make one's head spin.  https://tribune.com.pk/story/1612403/1-us-asks-pakistan-convince-haqqanis-talks/ 
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