Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Looking Beyond the US Election

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His unique knowledge of this vast and complex region allows him a panoramic vision and nuance that no Western writer can emulate. He was formerly a member of an armed guerrilla group for about a decade that fought to overthrow the dictatorships of Ayub Khan and Yayha Khan, then left and became a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines before becoming an award-winning and best selling book author. 

His book Taliban first introduced American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Now, Rashid examines the region and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building in these countries has progressed. His conclusions are devastating: An unstable and nuclear armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. While Iraq continues to attract most of American media and military might, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the conflict will finally be played out and that these failing states pose a graver threat to global security than the Middle East.

His books include

Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in central Asia (2002)

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition (2010)

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (2012)