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Descent Into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

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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.

Review:

"Long overshadowed by the Iraq War, the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan and Central Asia finally receives a searching retrospective as Rashid (Taliban) surveys the region to reveal a thicket of ominous threats and lost opportunities — in Pakistan, a rickety dictatorship colludes with militants, and Afghanistan's weak government is besieged by warlords, an exploding drug economy and a powerful Taliban insurgency. The author blames the unwillingness of American policymakers to shoulder the burden of nation building. According to Rashid, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and subsequently refused to commit the forces and money needed to rebuild it; instead the U.S. government made corrupt alliances with warlords to impose a superficial calm, while continuing to ignore the Pakistani government's support of the Taliban and the other Islamic extremists who have virtually taken over Pakistan's western provinces. With his unparalleled access to sources — 'I constantly berated [Afghan President] Karzai for his failure to understand the usefulness of political parties' — Rashid is an authoritative guide to the region's politics and his is an insightful, at times explosive, indictment of the U.S. government's hand in the region's degeneration. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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There was a brief period after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when history seemed to offer Afghanistan a chance for deliverance from years of bloodshed and draconian rule. In short order, American and Afghan forces routed the Taliban regime. The military rulers of neighboring Pakistan reversed policy and embraced the Western war on terror. International support poured in to both countries,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

An urgent, on-the-ground report from Pakistanandmdash;from the bestselling author of Descent Into Chaos and Taliban
and#160;
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 possibilitiesandmdash;and hazardsandmdash;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:

After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid's crucial book Taliban introduced American readers to that now notorious regime. In this new work, he returns to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to review the catastrophic aftermath of America's failed war on terror. Called "Pakistan's best and bravest reporter" by Christopher Hitchens, Rashid has shown himself to be a voice of reason amid the chaos of present-day Central Asia. Descent Into Chaos is his blistering critique of American policy-a dire warning and an impassioned call to correct these disasterous strategies before these failing states threaten global stability and bring devastation to our world.

About the Author

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore who writes for the The Washington Post, Daily Telegraph (London), the International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, BBC Online, and The Nation. His previous books include Jihad, Taliban, and The Resurgence of Cetral Asia. He appears regularly on NPR, CNN, and the BBC World Service.

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:
9780670019700
Subtitle:
The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia
Author:
Rashid, Ahmed
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Relations
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Asia - Pakistan
Subject:
Afghanistan - Politics and government - 2001-
Subject:
Pakistan Politics and government 1988-
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080603
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 b/w maps
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.46 x 5.62 x 1.26 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Long overshadowed by the Iraq War, the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan and Central Asia finally receives a searching retrospective as Rashid (Taliban) surveys the region to reveal a thicket of ominous threats and lost opportunities — in Pakistan, a rickety dictatorship colludes with militants, and Afghanistan's weak government is besieged by warlords, an exploding drug economy and a powerful Taliban insurgency. The author blames the unwillingness of American policymakers to shoulder the burden of nation building. According to Rashid, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and subsequently refused to commit the forces and money needed to rebuild it; instead the U.S. government made corrupt alliances with warlords to impose a superficial calm, while continuing to ignore the Pakistani government's support of the Taliban and the other Islamic extremists who have virtually taken over Pakistan's western provinces. With his unparalleled access to sources — 'I constantly berated [Afghan President] Karzai for his failure to understand the usefulness of political parties' — Rashid is an authoritative guide to the region's politics and his is an insightful, at times explosive, indictment of the U.S. government's hand in the region's degeneration. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
An urgent, on-the-ground report from Pakistanandmdash;from the bestselling author of Descent Into Chaos and Taliban
and#160;
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 possibilitiesandmdash;and hazardsandmdash;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 ,
After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid's crucial book Taliban introduced American readers to that now notorious regime. In this new work, he returns to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to review the catastrophic aftermath of America's failed war on terror. Called "Pakistan's best and bravest reporter" by Christopher Hitchens, Rashid has shown himself to be a voice of reason amid the chaos of present-day Central Asia. Descent Into Chaos is his blistering critique of American policy-a dire warning and an impassioned call to correct these disasterous strategies before these failing states threaten global stability and bring devastation to our world.

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