by. Bruce Riedel. · Rating details · ratings · 26 reviews. Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive. Review of Book namely “Deadly Embrace, Pakistan, America and the future of Global Jihad” by Bruce Riedel. This book was important when Osama bin Laden was alive and a seemingly never ending hunt was on for him. But, now, in the backdrop of his death due to an.

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Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad by Bruce Riedel

Riedel, a former C. Along the way, many question marks appeared in the margins of the book where good opportunities for larger contextual information would have been very helpful and more truthful to the overall narrative. That needs to change English Choose a language for shopping.

Much of Pakistan’s situation today is the result of its focus on its neighbour India –the rise of its military establishment, the ISI, the appeal of military dictatorships, the ambivalent deeadly towards its MANY political and jihadist factions.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The fuller context also being that U. What is not mentioned is that Saudi Arabia is essentially a wholly owned fiefdom of the U. He retired in after 30 years of service at the Central Intelligence Agency, including postings overseas. Also, interesting to learn that the global community has always been aware of Pakistan’s dubious role as a terrorist monger as well as a black marketeer of nuclear technology but more or less did nothing.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I’m looking forward to getting through this one. February 1, Sold by: Riedrl useful read for all interested in Pakistan as well as global terror.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Please try again later. Like George Packer in his bo Riedel’s follow up to The Search For al Qaeda is an important look at the history of Pakistan from its formation to its current political situation.


Elsewhere, the true interests of democracy appear to be succumbing to the risdel particular interests of the elites and powerful. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. For the historical record, the book is well written and historically accurate, although a good deal of information seems to have been held back that could have truly made the book interesting and challenging.

Dealing with Pakistan is difficult, dangerous and so very important. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Yet he remains confident that Pakistanis and Americans can “transform what has long been a deadly embace into a union of minds with a common purpose: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In ensuring to thoroughly document the American role in the region sincethe fractious and often bipolar relationships between American and Pakistani administrations is presented clearly and effectively.

At least, that is the overall perspective of the work, as should be expected from someone inside the Washington establishment, a former CIA officer, and now a political consultant, whose perspective is that narrowly seen by those steeped in the belief of U. Mar 27, Patricia rated it really liked it Shelves: That, however, is not an excuse to ignore the pages at hand. Preview — Deadly Embrace by Bruce Riedel. It also outlines US decision to hob-nob with Pakistan’s military dictators at various points in last half a century, which has been to a great exten This book, written by Burce Riedel a former CIA officer and advisor to four US Presidents on Middle East and South Asian issuesis an rievel analysis of the US foreign policy towards Pakistan and its consequences in AfPak region.

This background has helped set the stage for the global jihad confronting much of the world today. His political preferences do not alter the validity of descriptions and prescriptions for South Asia. Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad. Why, we could do away with elections in every country if this is the answer — which to the U. After an excellent short summary of the history of relations between the US and Pakistan, Riedel turns to his major theme: Author seems to downplay actors like Zarqawi and the pre-ISIS faction of al-Qaeda as ‘victims of their own brutality’ as it related to their poor relations with local tribes by an unfortunately outdated analysis.


May 21, Conrad Barwa rated it liked it Shelves: The worst part of the book is the purely conjectural chapter on the possible future of Pakistan.

Admittedly, my knowledge of The Middle East is close to, if not fully, pathetic. Riedel’s primary argument is that Pakistan’s national security complex, ISI, and frequent military rulers have focused on India, not Al Qaeda and Afghanistan, and because of this strategic bent they have treated jihadi groups such as Lashkar-e-Taieba and the Taliban as assets rather than as security risks.

Must read to understand today’s Pakistan, where it can go, what would be its implications for US, India, South Asia and the world as a whole.

So, I think, he very well knows what he is talking about especially in this volatile and decisive time when the US-Pakistani relationship has hit a new low point. This should also be recognized in the recent peaceful demonstrations across much of the Arab world.

Riedel now retired from CIA, notes up front that he is a supporter of President Obama and worked as the campaigns South Asia lead analysts.

Review of Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad

Most of the comments were smaller thoughts, left that way in order to avoid exploring them in their fuller context. The last chapter in the book summarizes roedel recommendation report, A brief primer on security dimension of US-Pakistan relations, specifically war on terror with necessary background information. The latter may well be true, but given the lack of context of the U.