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Descent into chaos : the U.S. and the disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Author: Ahmed Rashid
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines how the failure of the nation building policies of the United States have contributed to increased instability in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, a result which represents the greatest threat to peace and security in the global community.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ahmed Rashid
ISBN: 9780143115571 014311557X 9780670019700 0670019704
OCLC Number: 262428574
Notes: "With a new final chapter"--Cover.
Originally published by Viking Penguin in 2008.
Description: 498 pages : maps ; 22 cm
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. The one-billion-dollar warlords : the war within Afghanistan --
8. 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. The death of an icon: Pakistan struggles to survive --
19. Conclusion: A fragile future.
Responsibility: Ahmed Rashid.
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Examines how the failure of the nation building policies of the United States have contributed to increased instability in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, a result which represents the greatest threat to peace and security in the global community.

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