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Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. The relationship is a fascinating yet muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity, symbiosis and distrust. Successive American Presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in the South Asian nation. Many of the resulting policies proved counterproductive in the long term, contributing to political instability and a radicalized public. It is no wonder that the people in both nations are confused. This background has helped set the stage for the global jihad confronting much of the world today.
In Deadly Embrace, Bruce Riedel explores the forces behind these developments, explaining how and why the history of Pakistan-U.S. relations has unfolded as it has. 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.
Bruce Riedel is a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy. A former CIA officer, he is one of America’s foremost authorities on U.S. security, South Asia, and terrorism and has been a senior adviser to four U.S. presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues. He is also author of The Search for al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future as well as a frequent media commentator on security and terrorism and a regular contributor to The Daily Beast.
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