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Pakistan: A Hard Countryby Anatol Lieven
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In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is not Islamist insurgency as such, but the actions of the United States, and the greatest longterm threat is ecological change.
Anatol Lievens book is a magisterial investigation of this highly complex and often poorly understood country. Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lievens extensive travels as a journalist and academic, Pakistan: A Hard Country is both utterly compelling and deeply revealing.
Lievens eye for detail, command of subcontinental history, and old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting make this an excellent primer on Pakistan.”—Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Anatol Lieven is professor in the War Studies Department of Kings College, London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. His books include Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power?; America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism; and, with John Hulsman, Ethical Realism.
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