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Deadly Embrace

Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad

Deadly Embrace by Bruce Riedel
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Pakistan and America have been gripped together in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive U.S. presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in Pakistan, and many of these policies were counterproductive in the longer term, contributing to political instability and radicalization of the population. This has set the stage for the development of the global jihad we face today. In Deadly Embrace, Bruce Riedel explains how this happened, why it happened, how America can avoid making similar mistakes in the future, and what steps are necessary to begin repairing the damage.Bruce Riedel is one of America’s foremost authorities on U.S. security, South Asia, and terrorism. He was in the White House during September 11; he chaired an interagency review of Afghanistan and Pakistan policy early in the Obama administration; he helped write the 2009 speech where Obama referred to the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands as “the most dangerous region of the world.” He follows up The Search for al Qaeda, his immensely influential 2009 book, with a sober, eye-opening, and sometimes jaw-dropping look at the history, importance, and current role of Pakistan, epicenter of the global jihad movement. Riedel sketches the history of U.S.-Pakistan relations since the 1947 partition of the subcontinent. It is a muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity, symbiosis and distrust, and it’s no wonder that people and nations are confused. Deadly Embrace reveals and interprets the torturous path of relations between two very different nations that remain, in many ways, stuck with each other. “America’s own policies toward Pakistan and Afghanistan must often look just as inscrutable to our partners in South Asia. For complex reasons we have often helped the foes of democracy in this area, especially in Pakistan, and aided development of the very enemies whom we are now fighting, again especially in Pakistan. This book seeks to explain this paradox.”Praise for Bruce Riedel’s The Search for al Qaeda:“Riedel manages to distill the essence of Al Qaeda in just 150 pages. Among other things, he notes that the Islamic fundamentalists do not hate America’s values, only its policies. . . . A starting point for a much-needed debate.”—New York Times Book Review “A reader cannot help thinking that U.S. leaders were well-served by Riedel’s analysis throughout his years in government (even in cases where it was not heeded).”—ParametersContentsIntroductionChapter 1: Understanding PakistanChapter 2: Zia’s JihadChapter 3: Omar’s JihadChapter 4: Osama’s JihadChapter 5: Global JihadChapter 6: Thinking the Unthinkable: Implications of a Jihadist State in PakistanChapter 7: Helping PakistanAppendix: Key Persons and Timeline
Brookings Institution Press; Read online
Title: Deadly Embrace
Author: Bruce Riedel

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