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

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11 Critic Reviews

Mr Rashid occasionally overstates his case, for example when claiming that with better rulers Pakistan could somehow become uniquely prosperous.
-The Economist

Synopsis

The leading journalist on Pakistan lays out America's options with Pakistan and Afghanistan in the post-Bin Laden years.

What are the possibilities-and hazards-facing America as it withdraws from Afghanistan and as it reviews its long engagement in Pakistan? Where is the Taliban now in both these countries? What does the immediate future hold and what are America's choices as President Obama considers our complicated history and faces reelection?

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. 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. 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 dark future than Ahmed Rashid.

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. The decisions made by America and the West will affect the security and safety of the world. And as he has done so well in the past, Rashid offers sensible solutions and provides a way forward for all three countries.

 

About Ahmed Rashid

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AHMED RASHID, a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and The Washington Post, and has written for the New York Review of Books, BBC Online, and The Nation as well as various academic and foreign affairs journals. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, and BBC World Service.
 
Published March 15, 2012 by Penguin Books. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Pakistan on the Brink
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

Rashid’s concluding advice, although reasonable, requires too many leaders to come to their senses, but readers will welcome this insider’s lucid, expert account of a disaster in the making.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Fatima Bhutto on Apr 27 2012

Such foggy analysis is a betrayal...We need to know more, but no nuance is available when an author is being pressed to complete a trilogy.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Burke on Apr 07 2012

Unlike many journalists, however, Rashid does have the courage to outline how he believes the catastrophic situation in both his homeland (Pakistan) and its neighbour can be improved.

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Reviewed by Michael Jones on Apr 02 2012

Though it may depress you it will certainly make you think, which is why I heartily recommend this book and the two preceding it in what, ultimately, is a trilogy of Ahmed Rashid books (the previous two being Descent Into Chaos and Taliban) that show the downfall of my own a country and our (my) blissful ignorance.

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The Economist

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Apr 14 2012

Mr Rashid occasionally overstates his case, for example when claiming that with better rulers Pakistan could somehow become uniquely prosperous.

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Reviewed by Bruce Riedel on Apr 06 2012

But he overstates the impact of the inner White House tensions.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Greg Victor on Apr 08 2012

"Pakistan on the Brink" is not as comprehensive or as deeply reported as "Descent Into Chaos."

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Fred Beauford

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Reviewed by Fred Beauford

One thing I finding missing in this book is a hard look at Islam itself.

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Daily Times

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Reviewed by Dr Mohammad Taqi on Apr 12 2012

Despite a constant subtext that practically names Pakistan as the engine for insurgency in Afghanistan, Rashid’s account is sorely skimpy on solutions to this interference.

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Trudy Rubin

Excellent
Reviewed by Trudy Rubin on Apr 04 2012

Rashid’s book is especially important as the United States and Pakistan seek to repair a tortured relationship that nearly ruptured when a U.S. air strike accidentally killed 24 soldiers in November.

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T Santhanakrishnan

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Reviewed by T Santhanakrishnan on Mar 24 2012

Ahmed Rashid provides an excellent insight into the tapestry of interlinked and conflicting motivations; an insight reinforced by personal knowledge of and discussions with Obama, Karzai, and Musharraf.

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