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

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Pakistan and America have been gripped together in a deadly embrace for decades. For reasons good and bad, successive American Presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in Pakistan that have contributed to its instability and radicalization. This has set the stage for the development of the global jihad. Explaining how and why this has happened ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Brookings Institution Press (first published January 3rd 2010)
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Patricia
Written by a true insider (member of Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy and 30 years with the CIA) and adviser to four US Presidents. Slightly out-of-date (before the assassination of Osama bin Laden) but still very pertinent and informative as it tells the story of the US's mishandling of its relationship with Pakistan since the Partition of 1947. Few westerners have any real knowledge of Pakistan history. For example, did you know that "The name Pakistan is basically a ...more
John Stevens
Nov 04, 2011 John Stevens marked it as to-read
While reading "Obama's War" I discovered Bruce Riedel through Bob Woodward's very solid newshound research. Pres. Obama brought him in for an assessment, 90 days, of what was really going on. Despite the fact that he had some of the best guys, and I'm not a Democrat, in the top Security/Pentagon/Cabinet slots he wanted to hear from the world's foremost authority on that region of the world.

What a book that was. Details all the way. No fluff. But, so well written that folks that like mystery, wa
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joycesu
Admittedly, my knowledge of The Middle East is close to, if not fully, pathetic. Riedel, a former C.I.A. officer working with several presidents over the past decades, covers U.S.-Pakistan relations in this brief, but dramatic book, along with a quick run down of Pakistani history, particularly focusing on militant rule in the worn-torn nation.
I found the book to be incredibly fascinating, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a short attention span that wants to get right into the meat and b
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Emmett
Riedel's follow up to The Search For al Qaeda is an important look at the history of Pakistan from its formation to its current political situation. Riedel provides a history of relations between the U.S. and Pakistan and highlights the drastic changes that have occurred with American and Pakistani regime change. Riedel reveals a little more of his political leanings and is harshly critical of the Bush administration in this book. He also reveals his favor for Obama. Like George Packer in his bo ...more
S P
A must read for anyone willing to understand following:

1. in brief history on US-Pak relations since 1947.
2. in brief on how the Islamization happened in Pakistan.
3. The dynamics of US policy and engagement of Pakistan, till President Obama's first term.
4. Where Pakistan can go from here, What options US has, How India figures in it all?

Must read to understand today's Pakistan, where it can go, what would be its implications for US, India, South Asia and the world as a whole.

Typical Bruce Riedel
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Umesh
This book, written by Burce Riedel (a former CIA officer and advisor to four US Presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues), is an indepth analysis of the US foreign policy towards Pakistan and its consequences in AfPak region. The author, wherever necessary, has critically reviewed the decisions and policies of United States towards Pakistan. It also outlines US decision to hob-nob with Pakistan's military dictators at various points in last half a century, which has been to a great exten ...more
Kevin
A very readable and brief description of America's relationship with Pakistan. Riedel clearly knows his stuff, but I wish the book had more discussion of Pakistan's domestic politics. He does discuss this a bit, but I would have liked to see a discussion of how Riedel's proposed solutions are workable in the present political environment within Pakistan. For example, he proposes a "soft" border between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir. But I wonder whether this is really a politically achievable sol ...more
Ajay Chopra
A nice overview of the global terrorism landscape. Interesting to discover how the terrorism factory is run by a relatively small group of people. Also, interesting to learn that the global community has always been aware of Pakistan's dubious role as a terrorist monger as well as a black marketeer of nuclear technology but more or less did nothing. A useful read for all interested in Pakistan as well as global terror.
Sam
This is written by a senior fellow in Foreign policy, former CIA officer and adviser to 4 US presidents. I found some fact interesting, but the approach is typically that of the administration(s) and dont get the local culture. He has understood that most Pakistanis "hate" the US, and describes this is some detail, but the solutions suggested will not solve much. A disappointing book
MA Deviah
As usual Reidel scripts an excellent narrative of the shit in South Asia, the subterfuge of Pakistan, the blindness of America, and the impotence of India. Reidel actually goes out on a limb and offers a solution - resolve the Kashmir issue first - but sadly we all know that won't happen.
Terry Earley
Although written before the death or Osama Bib Laden, this is still an important and timely book. Dealing with Pakistan is difficult, dangerous and so very important.

Understanding the issues our US leaders must consider helps up participate.
Ryan
A nice primer for terrorism and global jihad in pakistan. Riedel also provided a good, brief history of pakistan and how that history has intertwined with jihad.
Paula Kougeas
Great, understandable history that shed a lot of light on the current Pakistan/Afghanistan/Indian situation.
Greg Stoll
A bit long, but a good summary of our history with Pakistan. (and Pakistan's history with India)
Shiv
One of the best geo political analysis of the most troubled region in the world. Highly recommended
Saeed Khan
umm..... good account but a bit biased as well...
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