Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad by Bruce RiedelDeadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad by Bruce Riedel

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

byBruce Riedel

Paperback | January 17, 2012

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Pakistan and America have been gripped together in a deadly embrace for decades. For half a century American presidents from both parties pursued narrow short-term interests in Pakistan. This myopia actually backfired in the long term, helping to destabilize the political landscape and radicalizing the population, setting the stage for the global jihad we face today.

Bruce Riedel, one of America's foremost authorities on U.S. security and South Asia,sketches the history of U.S.-Pakistani relations from partitioning of the subcontinentin 1947 up through the present day. It is muddled story, meandering through periodsof friendship and enmity. Riedel deftly interprets the tortuous path of relationsbetween two very different nations that remain, in many ways, stuck with each other.

The Preface to the paperback provides an inside account of the discovery ofOsama bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout that led to the al Qaeda leader's demise.Accusations of Pakistani complicity in harboring bin Laden once again dramatizedthe ambivalence and distrust existing between two nations that purport to be allies.Riedel discusses what it all means for the war on terror and the future of U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Praise for the hardcover edition of Deadly Embrace"Mr. Riedel, who has advised no fewer than four American presidents, knows power from the inside—something he is keen to share with the reader.... His book provides a useful account of the dysfunctional relationship between Pakistan and America."— The Economist"Bruce Riedel has produced an excellent volume that is both analytically sharp and cogently written. It will engage both specialists and the interested public. Essential reading."—Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know"Riedel lucidly provides an overview of the last thirty years of Pakistan's internal politics, its relationship with the United States, as well as the various insurgent and terrorist groups with which it has had close association. The book is informed by his own experiences over most of this period as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government. As usual with Bruce, it is brilliant, and quite sobering—yet hardly without hope."—Foreign Policy

Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. A longtime CIA officer, he was a senior adviser to four U.S. presidents, and in 2009 he chaired an interagency review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Obama administration. He is also the autho...
Title:Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global JihadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0815722745

ISBN - 13:9780815722748


Editorial Reviews

"For a country that hosts al-Qaeda and the Taliban, has nuclear weapons, and willsoon be the fifth most populous country in the world, there are surprisingly few goodbooks about Pakistan. Bruce Riedel has now produced an excellent volume on thecountry that is both analytically sharp and cogently written."—Peter Bergen, authorof Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know