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Descent into chaos : the United States and the failure of nation building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Author: Ahmed Rashid
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[In this book, the author] examines the region and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building in these countries has progressed. His conclusions are devastating: an unstable and nuclear-armed Pakistan, a renewed al Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. While Iraq continues to attract most of American media and military might,  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Ahmed Rashid
OCLC Number: 275198453
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking, 2008.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Introduction. Imperial overreach and nation building --
pt. I. 9/11 and war --
1. A man with a mission : the unending conflict in Afghanistan --
2. "The U.S. will act like a wounded bear" : Pakistan's long search for its soul --
3. The chief executive's schizophrenia : Pakistan, the United Nations, and the United States before 9/11 --
4. Attack! : retaliation and invasion --
5. The search for a settlement : Afghanistan and Pakistan at odds --
pt. II. The politics of the post-9/11 world --
6. A nuclear state of mind : India, Pakistan, and the war of permanent instability --
7. Musharraf's lost moment : political expediency and authoritarian rule --
pt. III. The failure of nation building --
9. Afghanistan I : economic reconstruction --
10. Afghanistan II : rebuilding security --
11. Double-dealing with Islamic extremism : al Queda and the Taliban in Pakistan --
12. Taliban resurgent : the Taliban return home --
pt. IV. Descent into chaos --
13. Al Queda's bolt-hole : Pakistan's tribal areas --
14. America shows the way : the disappeared and the rendered --
15. Drugs and thugs : opium fuels the insurgency --
16. Who lost Uzbekistan? : tyranny in central Asia --
17. The Taliban offensive : battling for control of Afghanistan, 2006-2007 --
18. Conclusion : the death of an icon and a fragile future.
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[In this book, the author] examines the region and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building in these countries has progressed. His conclusions are devastating: an unstable and nuclear-armed Pakistan, a renewed al Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. While Iraq continues to attract most of American media and military might, [he] argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the conflict will finally be played out and that these failing states pose a graver threat to global security than the Middle East. --From publisher description.

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