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Editorial Reviews


This book offers an insider’s extremely well-informed account of events in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and an insightful perspective on history that is normally not available in academic books. Riaz Mohammad Khan has produced a serious piece of work but one that is also eminently readable.

(Shuja Nawaz, director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council)

The most compelling features of this book are the analysis of Pakistan’s intellectual crisis and of the interests of various regional players in Afghanistan.

(Ziad Haider, Harvard Kennedy School)

In the entire subcontinent, nothing like this work has been written or 'even attempted', matching the breadth of its sweep and the depth of its analyses.

(A.G. Noorani Frontline)

Riaz Mohammad Khan is uniquely qualified to provide an insider’s perspective on Pakistan’s involvement in Afghanistan and the complex interplay between internecine Afghan conflicts and the competing interests of external powers.

(Dr Maleeha Lodhi The News International)

Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand... what has gone wrong here over the last 64 years, and particularly the last 30 some.

(Cyril Almeida

An extremely important memoir-analysis... It is exceptionally important that US policymakers read the book.

(Anatol Lieven New York Review of Books)

For those with an interest in the view from Pakistan, Riaz Mohammad Khan's insider account will come as a welcome addition... his new book is refreshingly honest about the complex relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

(Farzana Shaikh International Affairs)

I wish there had been a book of this scope and analytic acumen available when I went to Pakistan for my first assignment there in 1984.

(Alan Eastham, US Ambassador (Ret'd.))

Khan is the epitome of a voice of reason in the Pakistan foreign policy establishment.

(Michael Semple Middle East Journal)

The author is a voice for reason and moderation and provides both a history of and insights into the development of the present situation.

(Michael Kyle Asian Affairs)

About the Author

Riaz Mohammad Khan served as Pakistan's Foreign Secretary (2005–8) and the country's ambassador to China (2002–5), the European Union and Belgium (1995–98), and Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (1992–95). He is author of Untying the Afghan Knot: Negotiating Soviet Withdrawal and was the Woodrow Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar in 2009.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421403846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421403847
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,699,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Riaz Muhammad Khan's analysis of the emergence of extremism in Pakistan, and its interrelationship with the politics of Afghanistan, is essential reading for anyone seeking to better understand the region. Khan's experience as a senior Pakistani diplomat provides additional refinement to his historical analysis of the dynamics underpinning Afghan-Pakistani relations and Pakistan's own domestic political strife and difficulty. As an authentic Pakistani voice, he provides insights often complementary to , yet not often reflected in, more popular work authored by Western analysts and writers. This book, however, is not a primer on the region - it's an analytical work that would be best consumed after acquiring a basic understanding of the recent history of the region and the major political players.
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