This book was important when Osama bin Laden was alive and a seemingly never ending hunt was on for him. But, now, in the backdrop of his death due to an. Jan 17, The Paperback of the Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad by Bruce Riedel at Barnes & Noble. by. Bruce Riedel. · Rating details · ratings · 26 reviews. Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive.
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Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive American presidents from deadlt parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in the South Asian nation, and many of the resulting policies proved counterproductive in the long term, contributing to political instability and a radicalized wmbrace.
This background has helped set the Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. This background has helped set the stage for the global jihad confronting much of the world today.
In Deadly DsadlyBruce Riedel explores the forces behind these developments, explaining how and why the history of Pakistan-U. He explains what the United States can do now to repair the damage and how it can avoid making similar mistakes in dealing with extremist forces in Pakistan and beyond.
brice Riedel is one of America’s foremost authorities on U. The relationship between Pakistan and America is a fascinating yet muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity, symbiosis and distrust: Deadly Embrace explains how the United States, on several occasions, actually helped the foes of democracy in Pakistan and aided in the development of the very enemies it is now fighting in the region.
The book seeks to unravel this paradox, revealing and interpreting the dadly path of relations between two very different nations, which remain, in many ways, stuck with each other. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Deadly Embraceplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Jun 14, AR Bangash rated it liked it. A brief primer on security dimension of US-Pakistan relations, specifically war on terror with necessary background information. The part I found particularly interesting is the contemplated hypothetical scenario of a Pakistan led by Jihadists. It provides an insight into how folks at Washington view their South Asian bryce. The last chapter in the book summarizes that recommendation report, A brief primer on security dimension of US-Pakistan relations, specifically war on terror with necessary background information.
The last chapter in the book summarizes that recommendation report, providing path forward for US-Pakistan relations. The book seems a bit outdated due to rapidly changing dynamics of Islamic terrorism. The title is also a bit misleading, since global jihad only in context of groups operating from pakistan is discussed.
Mar 27, Patricia rated it really liked it Shelves: Slightly out-of-date before the assassination ruedel 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 deadlt Few westerners have any real knowledge of Pakistan history.
For example, did you know that “The name Pakistan is basically an acronym compiled from the names of the areas of Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh and Baluchistan” p. After an excellent short summary of the history of relations between the US and Pakistan, Riedel turns to his major theme: The last chapter contains his experienced and realistic but bound-to-be-unpopular-with-some recommendations of how to begin to get US-Pakistani relations back on track by building dialogue and trust.
Much of Pakistan’s situation today is the result of its focus on its neighbour India –the rise of its military establishment, the ISI, the appeal of military dictatorships, the ambivalent attitude towards its MANY political and jihadist factions. His recommendations, which after reading the preceding chapters, have the sound of pragmatism to them include resolving border disputes Afghanistan, Kashmir which necessitate a strong army and nuclear arms; helping Pakistan with its infrastructure water, education problems without the strings of past imposed “foreign aid” restrictions; engaging in strengthening Pakistan’s civilian-elected leaders starting with the freely elected prime ministers and NOT focusing on single individuals who may be rogue leaders in the end e.
Reagen’s support of Zia, GW Bush’s support of Musharraf but in supporting all those fighting deadlh democracy and free elections ; providing them with the helicopters needed to fight highly mobile guerilla insurgent groups in the field; and in working with both India and Pakistan in ways that are supportive of peaceful relations between the two.
As Riedel writes, “Pakistan is a complex and combustible society undergoing a severe crisis, which American helped create over the years” p. Yet he remains confident that Pakistanis and Americans can “transform what has long been a deadly embrace into a union of minds with a common purpose: Mar 28, Justin rated it really liked it Shelves: Extremely informative in terms of Pakistan’s tumultuous history of military and civilian rule.
The information surrounding each ruler’s rise and rule dexdly detailed without sacrificing reader attention. An extremely effective perspective of the underlying Indo-Pakistani regional power struggle particularly over Kashmir and the nuclear arms race is presented. In ensuring to thoroughly document the American role in the region sincethe fractious and often bipolar relationships between America Extremely informative in terms of Pakistan’s tumultuous history of military and daedly rule.
In ensuring to thoroughly document the American role in the region sincethe fractious and often bipolar relationships between American and Pakistani administrations is presented clearly and effectively. Suggested solutions are plenty and based on factual realities. All of this in under pages. Worth it for a quick, but useful, brush up on Pakastani history and its significance to terrorism efforts in 21st Century.
Book was published in and could use an updated preface incorporating rise of lone wolf terrorism and post-ISIS Pakistan.
Author seems to downplay actors like Zarqawi and the pre-ISIS faction of al-Qaeda as ‘victims of their own brutality’ as it related to their poor relations with local tribes by an unfortunately outdated analysis. Only one or two sentences about those that would become ISIS and I would be very interested in this author’s analysis. May 21, Conrad Barwa rated it liked it Shelves: Written by an Obama insider and long-term CIA employee Bruce Ridel; this book from has become quite dated and reads very much like a Brookings policy paper rather than a full length book.
It does however have the benefit of having interviews and contributions from the major political actors involved in the Pakistan-US relationship owing to the author’s access to the individuals in question and his own part in the relationship between the two countries.
Jul 28, Gohram Khan rated it it was amazing. Sep 14, S P rated it really liked it. Typical Bruce Riedel book. The hallmarks of a master story-teller, an ability that Bruce must have developed from the numerous briefings to senior US Govt officials and Presidents. Well researched book on how the strategic partnership between US and Pakistan has been a deadly embrace.
Narrow Short term interests from various American Presidents have let this rough relationship to continue, with periods of large expansion. Author presents the history of U. How the Islamization happened in Pakistan. The dynamics of US policy and engagement of Pakistan, the crests and troughs of the bumpy ride from deep friendship to enemity between two countries from to first decade of 21st century, or President Obama’s first term.
In the end, author acutely discussed the possible trajectories for Pakistan, options that US has to deal with it, and India figures in it all. Overall it provides an insightful perspective on the relations between two very different counrties that still remain stuck with each other in many ways.
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. Recommended for people studying Indo-US relations, since almost all Indo-Pak issues had some bearing from the major world powers of the time and this book covers those aspects very well. Jul 15, John Stevens marked it as to-read.
Obama brought him in for an assessment, 90 days, of what was really going on. What a book that was. Details all the way. But, so well written that folks that like mystery, wa While reading “Obama’s War” I discovered Bruce Riedel through Bob Woodward’s very solid newshound research.
But, so well written that folks that like mystery, war, crime, documentary style reads will love it. After my own research and discussions with friends in the know I felt confident that Riedel gave us a very real perspective on radical Islam and just what is going on. I’m looking forward to getting through this one.
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So, I haven’t read it. Embraec, knowing Riedel, who is not an author, per se, it’s gonna be good. Bruce Riedel is an intelligence expert. He’s been turned to by everyone that matters when it comes to the Jihad.
But, you brufe learn things that can be frightening. Jun 21, Emmett rated it really liked it. 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. 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 riedek 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.
While he does spell out the dangers of the worst case scenario in Pakistan an Islamic extremist regime with the capability of firing and distributing nuclear weapons he seems somewhat optimistic about the future.
May 08, joycesu rated it really liked it. Admittedly, my knowledge of The Middle East is close to, if not fully, pathetic. Riedel, a former C.
I found the book to be incredibly fascinating, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a deadlj attention span that wants to get right into the meat and b Admittedly, my knowledge of The Middle Dexdly is close to, if not fully, pathetic. I found the book to be incredibly fascinating, and Embracf highly recommend it to anyone with a short attention span that wants to get right into the meat and bones of our issues with The Middle East.
Correction- “Central Asia,” as pointed out by my best friend – “normally saying middle east has connotations of being arabic and to a lesser extent muslim dead,y, so while pakistan is muslim, it is not arabic.
That needs to change Jul 12, Umesh rated it liked it. 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 This book, written by Burce Riedel a former CIA officer and advisor to four US Presidents on Middle East and South Asian issuesis an indepth analysis of the US foreign policy towards Pakistan and its consequences in AfPak region.