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Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author provides a shocking analysis of the crisis in Pakistan and the renewed radicalism threatening Afghanistan and the West.

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His unique knowledge of this vast and complex region allows him a panoramic vision and nuance that no Western writer can emulate.

His book Taliban first introduced American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Now, Rashid examines the region and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building in these countries has pro-gressed. His conclusions are devastating: An unstable and nuclear-armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. While Iraq continues to attract most of American media and military might, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the conflict will finally be played out and that these failing states pose a graver threat to global security than the Middle East.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the crisis in Pakistan are only the beginning. Rashid assesses what her death means for the region and the future. Rashid has unparalleled access to the figures in this global drama, and provides up-to-the-minute analysis better than anyone else. Descent Into Chaos will do for Central Asia what Thomas Rick’s Fiasco did for Iraq — offer a blistering critique of the Bush administration and an impassioned call to correct our failed strategy in the region.

Synopsis:

An urgent, on-the-ground report from Pakistan—from the bestselling author of Descent Into Chaos and Taliban
 
Ahmed Rashid, one of the world's leading experts on the social and political situations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, offers a highly anticipated update on the possibilities—and hazards—facing the United States after the death of Osama bin Laden and as Operation Enduring Freedom winds down. With the characteristic professionalism that has made him the preeminent independent journalist in Pakistan for three decades, Rashid asks the important questions and delivers informed insights about the future of U.S. relations with the troubled region. His most urgent book to date, Pakistan on the Brink is the third volume in a comprehensive series that is a call to action to our nation's leaders and an exposition of this conflict's impact on the security of the world.

Synopsis:

Ahmed Rashid, whose masterful account of Afghanistan's Taliban regime became required reading after September 11, turns his legendary skills as an investigative journalist to five adjacent Central Asian Republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—where religious repression, political corruption, and extreme poverty have created a fertile climate for militant Islam. Based on groundbreaking research and numerous interviews, Rashid explains the roots of fundamentalist rage in Central Asia, describes the goals and activities of its militant organizations, including Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda, and suggests ways of neutralizing the threat and bringing stability to the troubled region. A timely and pertinent work, Jihad is essential reading for anyone who seeks to gain a better understanding of a region we overlook at our peril.

About the Author

Ahmed Rashid is a journalist who has been covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia for more than twenty years. He is a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, Daily Telegraph, and The Nation, a leading newspaper in Pakistan. His #1 New York Times bestseller Taliban has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Table of Contents

Descent Into Chaos Maps

Countries and Cities of Central Asia

Ethnic Distribution Within Pakistan and Afghanistan

Afghan Provinces and Federally Administered Tribal Areas

NATO Deployment and Provincial Reconstruction Team Locations in Afghanistan, 2007

Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan, 2007

Military Offensives Launched by the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2007-2008

Glossary

Acronyms

Introduction

Imperial Overreach and Nation Building

Part One. 9/11 And War

1. A Man With a Mission

The Unending Conflict in Afghanistan

2. "The U.S. Will Act Like a Wounded Bear"

Pakistan's Long Search for Its Soul

3. The Chief Executive's Schizophrenia

Pakistan, the United Nations, and the United States Before 9/11

4. Attack!

Retaliation and Invasion

5. The Search For a Settlement

Afghanistan and Pakistan at Odds

Part Two. The Politics Of The Post-9/11 World

6. A Nuclear State of Mind

India, Pakistan, and the War of Permanent Instability

7. The One-Billion Dollar Warlords

The War Within Afghanistan

8. Musharraf's Lost Moment

Political Expediency and Authoritarian Rule

Part Three. The Failure Of Nation Building

9. Afghanistan I

Economic Reconstruction

10. Afghanistan II

Rebuilding Security

11. Double-Dealing With Islamic Extremism

Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan

12. Taliban Resurgent

The Taliban Return Home

Part Four. Descent Into Chaos

13. Al Qaeda's Bolt-Hole

Pakistan's Tribal Areas

14. America Shows The Way

The Disappeared and the Rendered

15. Drugs And Thugs

Opium Fuels the Insurgency

16. Who Lost Uzbekistan?

Tyranny in Central Asia

17. The Taliban Offensive

Battling for Control of Afghanistan, 2006-2007

18. Conclusion

The Death of an Icon and a Fragile Future

Acknowledgments

Notes

Suggested Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143122838
Author:
Rashid, Ahmed
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 b/w maps
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.46 x 5.62 x 1.26 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
An urgent, on-the-ground report from Pakistan—from the bestselling author of Descent Into Chaos and Taliban
 
Ahmed Rashid, one of the world's leading experts on the social and political situations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, offers a highly anticipated update on the possibilities—and hazards—facing the United States after the death of Osama bin Laden and as Operation Enduring Freedom winds down. With the characteristic professionalism that has made him the preeminent independent journalist in Pakistan for three decades, Rashid asks the important questions and delivers informed insights about the future of U.S. relations with the troubled region. His most urgent book to date, Pakistan on the Brink is the third volume in a comprehensive series that is a call to action to our nation's leaders and an exposition of this conflict's impact on the security of the world.

"Synopsis" by ,

Ahmed Rashid, whose masterful account of Afghanistan's Taliban regime became required reading after September 11, turns his legendary skills as an investigative journalist to five adjacent Central Asian Republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—where religious repression, political corruption, and extreme poverty have created a fertile climate for militant Islam. Based on groundbreaking research and numerous interviews, Rashid explains the roots of fundamentalist rage in Central Asia, describes the goals and activities of its militant organizations, including Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda, and suggests ways of neutralizing the threat and bringing stability to the troubled region. A timely and pertinent work, Jihad is essential reading for anyone who seeks to gain a better understanding of a region we overlook at our peril.

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