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. 
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. 
The Q of whether to try or not to try bringing the HQN in to potential (and unlikely) talks has long been out there. 
Is this true? All this mixed messaging, from both the US and #Pakistan sides, is enough to make one's head spin. 
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