Pakistan on the Brink by Ahmed Rashid audiobook
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Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

By Ahmed Rashid
Read by Arthur Morey

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  • ISBN: 9781511362870

  • ISBN: 9781511362870

Runtime: 8.14 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Nonfiction, March 2012

What are the possibilities—and hazards—facing America as it withdraws from Afghanistan and reviews its long engagement in Pakistan? Where is the Taliban now in both of these countries? What does the immediate future hold, and what are America’s choices going forward? These are some of the crucial questions that Ahmed Rashid—Pakistan’s preeminent journalist—takes on in this follow-up to his acclaimed Descent into Chaos.

The escalation of the war in Afghanistan has deepened a long-standing crisis in its neighbor to the east. Pakistan’s political and military leadership has exhibited neither the courage nor the will to carry out major reforms in the country’s foreign and economic policies. The Pakistani state still fosters many extremist jihadi fighters, even as the Pakistani Taliban directly threaten that very state. Social services are near collapse, law enforcement is abysmal, economic hardship is widespread, natural disasters occur with little government assistance, and the majority of the population has no security. During the first years of the Obama administration, the critical U.S.-Pakistan relationship has been in a state of virtual meltdown. American strategy has reflected contradictory policies, intense political infighting, and uncertainty about U.S. aims in the region.

All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan and to the deterioration in Pakistan have made terrible mistakes, acting with arrogance, hubris, rigidity, and stubbornness. While struggles for democracy are occurring in countries that have hitherto known nothing but dictatorship, South and Central Asia, the birthplace of Al Qaeda, remains beset by extremist groups and nuclear weapons. Yet Afghanistan and Pakistan have a greater impact on global stability than anywhere else, and the decisions made by America and the West in the coming years about Pakistan will affect the security and safety of the world.

For three decades, Ahmed Rashid has reported, written, and spoken about the wars and political events he has witnessed and has been lauded internationally for his levelheaded, informed insights. As an up-to-date briefing from one of the world’s leading experts, and as an exhortation toward peace and understanding, Pakistan on the Brink is Rashid’s most urgent book.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Rashid] literally wrote the book on the Taliban and now has added a superb work on the future of Pakistan…Rashid argues that there is a complex syndicate of jihadi terrorists operating today in Pakistan and Afghanistan…and [he] does a great job of describing how the Pakistani army and the ISI helped build this Frankenstein’s monster over the past four decades.” Washington Post
“Through Ahmed Rashid’s eloquent, incisive, objective, and fact-based descriptions of events and blunders repeatedly committed by the Afghan, Pakistani, and American establishments, the reader gets a great understanding of the genesis of the quagmire for which President Obama has coined the phrase AfPak.” Louisville Courier-Journal
“Ahmed Rashid’s latest work provides essential insights for anyone who hopes to understand what’s going on in Central Asia and the alternative futures that stretch out before it.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A clear-headed, sobering look at a country whose ties with the US are becoming ever more frayed.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Insightful…Readers will welcome this insider’s lucid, expert account of a disaster in the making.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Ahmed Rashid

Author Bio: Ahmed Rashid

Ahmed Rashid has been a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Daily Telegraph for more than twenty years, reporting on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.  He appears regularly on international TV and radio networks such as CNN and BBC World. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife and two children.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 8.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English