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Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad
     

Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad

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by Bruce Riedel
 

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Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive American presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in the South Asian nation, and many of the resulting policies proved counterproductive in the long term, contributing to political instability and a radicalized
public. This background has

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Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive American presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in the South Asian nation, and many of the resulting policies proved counterproductive in the long term, contributing to political instability and a radicalized
public. This background has helped set the stage for the global jihad confronting much of the world today.

In Deadly Embrace, Bruce Riedel explores the forces behind these developments, explaining how and why the history of Pakistan-U.S. relations has unfolded as
it has. He explains what the United States can do now to repair the damage and how it can avoid making similar mistakes in dealing with extremist forces in Pakistan and beyond.

Riedel is one of America's foremost authorities on U.S. security, South Asia, and terrorism, and he helped to craft President Obama's 2009 speech referring
to the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands as the "most dangerous region of the world." He follows up The Search for al Qaeda, his influential 2008 analysis of the terror network's ideology and leadership, with a sober, authoritative, and sometimes alarming look at
the history, importance, and current role of Pakistan, epicenter of the global jihad movement, beginning with the history of U.S.-Pakistan relations since the
partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947.

The relationship between Pakistan and America is a fascinating yet muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity, symbiosis and distrust: it's no wonder that people in both nations are confused. Deadly Embrace explains how the United
States, on several occasions, actually helped the foes of democracy in Pakistan and aided in the development of the very enemies it is now fighting in the region. The book seeks to unravel this paradox, revealing and interpreting the tortuous path of
relations between two very different nations, which remain, in many ways, stuck with each other.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Necessarily looking back to Partition, this effort establishes a clear historical timeline to illustrate Pakistan's struggle with its own nationhood and with the conflicting agendas of U.S. foreign policy in the region. A former CIA officer and advisor to four presidents, Riedel (The Search for al Qaeda) consistently references his own diplomatic experience along with the wide-reaching perspective that clarifies the elaborate patterns of interdependence that keep India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir hanging in their increasingly violent balance. Riedel's honesty about the ways in which Pakistan views the "American's continual betrayal" is refreshing and essential, yet he also believes "the drones work," making his position perhaps less objective than much of his tone would imply. Ultimately, his strategies for improving relationships while continuing to fight against the "jihad monster" are convincing. The need to work toward stability in Pakistan, for the sake of its own citizens and of global security, remains undeniable. Riedel elucidates much of why the region seems dire and confusing, a welcome perspective given that without a firm grasp on this history, progress will prove even more illusive. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815705581
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
02/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
File size:
351 KB

Meet the Author

Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. A former CIA officer, Riedel was a senior advisor to three U.S. presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues. At the request of President Obama he chaired an interagency review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan for the White House, completed in March 2009. He is author of the immensely successful Brookings title The Search for al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future. Riedel is a frequent media commentator on security and terrorism and is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

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Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Good read for anyone interested in Pakistan
judgejim More than 1 year ago
This book opens one's eyes to a rocky releationship between Packistan and US.