Descent into Chaos : The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-07
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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After September 11th, Ahmed Rashid's crucial book Taliban introduced us to that now notorious regime. In his new work, "Pakistan's best and bravest reporter" (Christopher Hitchens) examines Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia as well as the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building has progressed. His conclusions are devastating: an unstable and nucleararmed Pakistan, a renewed Al Qaeda, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. As he predicted, Pakistan and Afghanistan are now where the real war is. His blistering critique of American policy is a dire warning and an impassioned call to correct our failed strategies. There is no more urgent global task. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Countries and Cities of Central Asiap. xvi-xvii
Ethnic Distribution Within Pakistan and Afghanistanp. xviii
Afghan Provinces and Federally Administered Tribal Areasp. xix
NATO Deployment and Provincial Reconstruction Team Locations in Afghanistan, 2007p. xx
Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan, 2007p. xxi
Military Offensives Launched by the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2007-2008p. xxii
Glossaryp. xxiii
Acronymsp. xxxv
Introduction Imperial Overreach and Nation Buildingp. xxxvii
9/11 And War
A Man With A Mission The Unending Conflict in Afghanistanp. 3
"The U.S. Will Act Like A Wounded Bear" Pakistan's Long Search for Its Soulp. 24
The Chief Executive's Schizophrenia Pakistan, the United Nations, and the United States Before 9/11p. 44
Attack! Retaliation and Invasionp. 61
The Search For A Settlement Afghanistan and Pakistan at Oddsp. 84
The Politics Of The Post-9/11 World
A Nuclear State Of Mind India, Pakistan, and the War Of Permanent Instabilityp. 109
The One-Billion-Dollar Warlords The War Within Afghanistanp. 125
Musharraf's Lost Moment Political Expediency and Authoritarian Rulep. 145
The Failure Of Nation Building
Afghanistan I Economic Reconstructionp. 171
Afghanistan II Rebuilding Securityp. 196
Double-Dealing With Islamic Extremism Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistanp. 219
Taliban Resurgent The Taliban Return Homep. 240
Descent Into Chaos
Al Qaeda's Bolt-Hole Pakistan's Tribal Areasp. 265
America Shows The Way The Disappeared and the Renderedp. 293
Drugs And Thugs Opium Fuels the Insurgencyp. 317
Who Lost Uzbekistan? Tyranny in Central Asiap. 338
The Taliban Offensive Battling for Control of Afghanistan, 2006-2007p. 349
The Death Of Anicon Pakistan Struggles to Survivep. 374
Conclusion A Fragile Futurep. 402
Acknowledgmentsp. 419
Notesp. 421
Suggested Readingp. 471
Indexp. 477
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