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Descent into chaos : the world's most unstable region and the threat to global security

Author: Ahmed Rashid
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2009.
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Explores the volatile and dangerous region in the world. In this story of squandered opportunities, misguided alliances and double-dealing, the author pinpoints with chilling accuracy where the true  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ahmed Rashid
ISBN: 9780141020860 0141020865
OCLC Number: 434561213
Notes: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2008.
Awards: Shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2009.
Description: lviii, 498 p. : maps ; 20 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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