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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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Book was published in and could use an updated preface incorporating rise of lone wolf terrorism and post-ISIS Pakistan. Jun 21, Emmett rated it really liked it.

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

This leaves the dexdly feeling either 20 pages too long or 40 pages too short. The dynamics of US policy and engagement of Pakistan, the crests and troughs of the bumpy ride from deep friendship to enemity between two countries from to first decade of 21st century, or President Obama’s first term.

Refresh and try again. He retired in after 30 years of service at the Central Intelligence Agency, including postings overseas. Return to Book Page.

He presents a clear account of the relationship between the U. May 23, Paula Kougeas rated it really liked it. This background has helped set the stage for the global jihad confronting much of the world today.

This perhaps more than even Afghanistan is why the U. May 08, joycesu rated it really liked it. Overall this is a very good book and I would recommend it to most audiences.

Deadly Embrace explains how the United States, on several occasions, actually helped the foes of democracy in Pakistan and aided in the development of the very enemies it is now fighting in the region.


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as ‘victims of their own brutality’ as it related to their poor relations with local tribes by an unfortunately outdated analysis.

Brjce ISI has a very complex agenda, which the U. This should also be recognized in the recent peaceful demonstrations across much of the Arab world. 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 attitude towards its MANY political and jihadist factions.

But, you will learn things that can be frightening. It provides an insight into how folks at Washington view their South Asian nightmare. Effectively, the US is paying rent to fight the roaches in Pakistan, which is creating diplomatic blowback and reinforcing the problem itself. So, I haven’t read rieeel.

Recommended for people studying Indo-US relations, since almost all Indo-Pak issues had some bearing from the major world powers of deadpy time and this book covers those aspects very well. Please try again later. Books by Bruce Riedel. First, there is a lot of material and ideas that are not presented in this work. The book seeks to unravel this paradox, revealing and interpreting the tortuous path of relations between two very different nations, which remain, in many ways, stuck with each other.

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

This background has helped set the Pakistan and the United States have been locked in deaddly deadly embrace for decades. 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. The final chapter is on ways to help Pakistan.

After an excellent short summary of the history of relations between the US and Pakistan, Riedel turns to his major theme: In the end, author acutely discussed the possible trajectories for Pakistan, options that US has to deal with it, and India figures in it all. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. A useful read for all interested in Deaadly as well as global terror.


Riedel now retired from CIA, notes up front that he is embrzce supporter of President Obama and worked as the campaigns South Asia lead analysts. The worst part of the book is the purely conjectural chapter on the possible future of Pakistan. A nice primer for terrorism and global jihad in pakistan. Not Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: There is no context of U. Elsewhere, the true interests of democracy appear to be succumbing to the more particular interests of the elites and powerful.

Bruuce usual Reidel scripts an excellent narrative of the shit in South Asia, the subterfuge of Pakistan, the blindness of America, and the impotence of India. If you are into international relations at all, you should read this book.

They are apparently successful in Tunisia and Egypt, although the extent of realizable democracy may quickly be subverted by corporate and military interests.

Reagen’s support of Zia, GW Bush’s support of Musharraf but in supporting all those fighting for democracy and free elections ; providing them with the helicopters needed to fight highly mobile guerilla insurgent groups in the field; and in working with both India and Pakistan in ways that are supportive of peaceful relations between the two.

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He does discuss this a bit, but I would have liked to see a discussion of how Riedel’s proposed solutions are workable in the present political environment within Pakistan.