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Descent Into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster 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 aPakistanas best and bravest reportera (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 ala 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 Bhuttoas 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 Rickas Fiasco did for Iraq a offer a blistering critique of the Bush administration and an impassioned call to correct our failed strategy in the region.

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 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. The Death of an Icon

Pakistan Struggles to Survive

19. Conclusion

A Fragile Future

Acknowledgments

Notes

Suggested Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143115571
Author:
Rashid, Ahmed
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Asia - Pakistan
Subject:
Afghanistan - Politics and government - 2001-
Subject:
Pakistan Politics and government 1988-
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 b/w maps
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.46 x 5.62 x 1.26 in 1 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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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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