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by AHMED RASHID


Ahmed Rashid's "Pakistan on the Brink" weaves together the occasionally confusing conditions of South and much of Central Asia into a subtly textured fabric, from whose stark colors we dare not distract our eyes or attention

Ahmed Rashid's "Pakistan on the Brink" weaves together the occasionally confusing conditions of South and much of Central Asia into a subtly textured fabric, from whose stark colors we dare not distract our eyes or attention. Each of the book's chapters might be read independently of the others, but all of them tell the same tale: the betrayal of our inititives in Afghanistan by Presidential ideology and high-handedness. Betrayal by the feudal shortsightedness and cynicism of President Karzai in Kabul. Betrayal by interfering neighbor countries.

Pakistan on the Brink book. Just like Ahmed Rashid mentions in the book, Pakistani officials are more concerned with the breach of their sovereignty by the US raid to kill bin Laden than with the fact he was being given shelter in Pakistan. I'm afraid Rashid's next book on the region, in a few years, after the American withdrawal, will be quite depressing.

Rashid correctly predicted that the Iraq war would have to be refocused into Afghanistan and that Pakistan would . The decisions made by America and the West will affect the security and safety of the world"-Publisher description.

Rashid correctly predicted that the Iraq war would have to be refocused into Afghanistan and that Pakistan would emerge as the leading player through which American interests and actions would have to be directed. He focuses on the long-term problems-the changing casts of characters, the future of international terrorism, and the actual policies and strategies both within Pakistan and Afghanistan and among the Western allies-as the world tries to bring some stability to a fractured region saddled with a legacy of violence and corruption.

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With Bin Laden dead, Pakistan threatened by internal power struggles, relationships between the United States and Pakistan at an all-time low, and as the US and Britain begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan, what are the possibilities.

With Bin Laden dead, Pakistan threatened by internal power struggles, relationships between the United States and Pakistan at an all-time low, and as the US and Britain begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan, what are the possibilities - and hazards - facing the world's most unstable region? Now, as Washington and the rest of the West wrestle with negotiating with unreliable and unstable "allies" in Pakistan, there is no better guide to the future than Ahmed Rashid.

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, who has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan and .

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, who has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia for a variety of publications since 1979. He is the author of five books - the best selling Taliban, Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, Jihad and The Resurgence of Central Asia. Foreign Policy magazine chose him as one of the world's most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.

His new book is called Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons rcial-No Derivative Works . United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.

Ahmed Rashid in his book has attempted to capture the current crisis in Pakistan and Afghanistan vis-à-vis the Obama . The present book is the latest in a trilogy, the earlier volumes being Taliban: Islam, Oil and the New Great Game in Central Asia and Descent into Chaos.

Ahmed Rashid in his book has attempted to capture the current crisis in Pakistan and Afghanistan vis-à-vis the Obama administration's Af-Pak policy. He traces the roots of the crisis to the nation-building process, inherent weaknesses of the various institutions, inept and kleptocratic political elites and flawed and myopic Western approaches towards the two countries. Military solutions have limited value in responding to the rising fundamentalism in Pakistan and the incessant war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan on the brink is a reflection of the socio-economic crisis pakistan has been suffering from since the assassination of osama bin laden. Ahmed rashid has done a lengthy research for twenty years on countries like pakistan, afghanistan and some parts of central asia, making this book a rich and authentic text. The book revolves around the current life of pakistan which has faced severe distortion leading to the civilization living in a situation of salvage all over again. This book is a captivating anticipation on the hazards and dangers that the us, afghanistan and pakistan currently live in. There has been violence, social and political pressure in pakistan and through this book the author has shown a glimpse of how he believes the nation would end up. The leadership has been questioned on the courage they possess and the will and power they have to make necessary amendments in order to save the nation from any further destructions. Rashid has also presented his belief that the nation is soon turning into a nuclear repository and the life of the people doesn't seem to be improving any sooner. Pakistan's attacks on the armed forces, the outbreak of punjabi taliban, murder of burhanuddin rabbani and hamid karzai's brother are some of the events described in the book with controversial arguments that gained a lot of voice from all over the globe. Penguin uk published pakistan on the brink in 2013 and is available in paperback. Key features: pakistan on the brink was the third book of a trilogy, with taliban as the first and descent into chaos as the second book. First book titled taliban, gained massive popularity and was translated into more than twenty languages.
Wyameluna
Explains why we keep sending money and getting no results. The Pakistan military gets the billions we send and is more likely to spend some of this money to keep the bad guys causing problems so they can continue getting more money. Thank about this: if we give money to the Pakistan military and they are able to stop the violence then we stop sending money. They want the problems so we continue giving money. It’s the same old con game that Yasser Arofat of the PLO did for years. After his death from cancer his widow got 12 million dollars from his bank account. Pakistan is using the same scheme on us.
Dianaghma
This is Ahmed Rashid’s follow up to Taliban and Decent into Chaos coving the events from 2009-2013-14. Pakistan on the Brink really ties the problems of Afghanistan and Pakistan together in this soup of dysfunction, in that Afghanistan’s failures coupled with Pakistan’s questionable foreign policy decisions of support for the Taliban mixed with eliminating those Taliban who haven’t promised not to attack Afghanistan has created quite a mess for both the Stans and the United States.

I think Rashid really hit the nail on the head in this book in that the United States as a country cannot solve Afghanistan without solving Pakistan. Given the current relationship between the two countries, such a solution does not seem likely in coming. This problem strikes me as a human problem and how do you change the thoughts and perceptions of an entity like the Pakistan Army, Taliban, or even American politicians? These are so entrenched that the situation becomes hopeless.

An informative book on a depressing situation.
Gaudiker
If, like me, you have been totally confused by the on-going fiasco of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan for the last 13 years - and longer with Pakistan - this book clearly lays out the seemingly unending list of policy failures by both the Bush and Obama administrations, and how hundreds of billions of dollars were poured down various rat holes. Rashid has had unusual access to all the major players on this chess board and has been very prescient in his earlier books about where events were headed. This is not a blame-game book (although there is plenty to go around), rather how well-intentioned, if totally naïve, policies failed but nevertheless continued to march on because of sheer momentum and unquestioned funding from Washington. About the only person Rashid credits with understanding the situation in the region and possibly had a strategy for a favorable outcome was Richard Holbrooke. Unfortunately, Holbrooke unexpectedly died - not that anyone in D.C. gave his ideas any serious thought as various cabals in the foreign policy apparatus were each pursuing their own agendas. Unfortunately, the hubris of the Project for the New American Century, even after lessons hopefully learned from Iraq to Afghanistan-Pakistan, remains at the center of our foreign policy - see Ukraine and probably more to come.
Daron
This is the book that the intelligent American needs today-this year, this very minute- to understand the sad political, diplomatic, military and social realities that we are finding ourselves engulfed in in Afghanistan. Ahmed Rashid's "Pakistan on the Brink" weaves together the occasionally confusing conditions of South and much of Central Asia into a subtly textured fabric, from whose stark colors we dare not distract our eyes or attention. Each of the book's chapters might be read independently of the others, but all of them tell the same tale: the betrayal of our inititives in Afghanistan by Presidential ideology and high-handedness.Betrayal by the feudal shortsightedness and cynicism of President Karzai in Kabul. Betrayal by interfering neighbor countries. And, most of all, and central to Rashid's argument, betrayal of the Pakistanis, the Afghans, and the US/NATO troops still "in country" by the imploding death star of Pakistan, its government cowardly and clueless and crawling before its military and intelligence sectors who enjoy complete power at home and who exercise unrelenting terrorism against all of their foes at home and abroad, its economy crumbling, its infrastructure unfunded,its citizens mired in poverty and corruption, and all of Islamabad's energies commited to endless, pointless war against India and preserving or ensuring a Pakistani regime in Afghanistan, care of the Taliban.

If you read only one book about Afgahanistan today, Rashid's "Pakistan on the Brink" is that one. If you would like to read another book giving a background to events in Afghanistan, I would heartedly reccmmend Rashid's equally fine book, "Taliban".

Mark Seifter
Yayrel
Interesting book from the inside of Pakistan.

Rashid gives a very different perspective on what is happening in Pakistan to what is given in the main-stream Western media.

Rashid navigates the various historical and political currents that drive events in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He makes the point the destinies of these two countries are intertwined for historical, cultural, political, and ethnic reasons. The border between the two countries is the result of British imperialism.
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