Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review: Pakistan on the Brink

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and AfghanistanPakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan by Ahmed  Rashid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent book on why Pakistan is about to become a failed state.

The policy of fostering terrorism is destroying the internal fabric of the country. India isn't the greatest threat to Pakistan. The greatest threat to country's existence is Extremism.

The author rightly says that Pakistan should a policy of befriending neighbours. The country is on a verge of economic collapse, but the military or the political elite doesn't consider this a big problem.

Paranoid foreign policy goals of overwhelming the region and over-exaggeration of India threat is a basic fallacy in Pakistan foreign policy.

The book presents an excellent overview of the last ten years United States spent in Afghanistan and talks about why a mutually agreed regional framework is necessary for the Afghan endgame in 2014.

Pakistan has to stop differentiating between good Taliban and bad Taliban. The Swat counter-insurgency operation should be repeated in South  Waziristan. The policy of considering Afghanistan should be dissolved.

The author gives an extensive history of Taliban-US talk right from the when they started in Germany till the latest developments which occurred in the autumn on 2011.

The author rightly consider extremism and not India to be the great threat to Pakistan as a state.

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