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  • THE RETURN OF THE TALIBAN


    ISBN: 9780300267885
    Publisher: YALE UNIVERSITY
    Subtitle:
    AFGHANISTAN AFTER THE AMERICANS LEFT
    Author: HASSAN ABBAS

     1,695
  • THE TALIBAN REVIVAL


    ISBN: 9780300216165
    Publisher: YALE UNIVERSITY
    Subtitle: VIOLENCE AND EXTREMISM ON THE PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN FRONTIER

    Author: HASSAN ABBAS

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  • DESCENT INTO CHAOS

    In Descent Into Chaos: Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Threat to Global Security Ahmed Rashid explores the most volatile and dangerous region in the world.

    The war on terror is being lost – but not just in Iraq. As this devastating book shows, the real crisis zone now lies in central Asia. Veteran reporter Ahmed Rashid has unparalleled access to the region and knows its leading players, from presidents to warlords. Here he documents how closely Pakistan’s US-backed regime is linked with extremists; how broken promises in Afghanistan have led to a resurgent Taliban fed by drugs money; and how the largest landmass in the world is now a breeding ground for terrorism.

    In this story of squandered opportunities, misguided alliances and double-dealing, Rashid pinpoints with chilling accuracy where the true threat to our global security comes from.

    ‘Compulsively readable’
    Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard

    Profound and lively … it reads like a thriller … graphic, detailed and worrying’
    Michael Fathers, New Statesman

    ‘Gripping … a major contribution to understanding the region and the events of recent years … thought-provoking and important’
    Jason Burke, Observe

    ‘His knowledge of events and people there is second to none and the information he has gathered, often at great personal risk, makes alarming reading’
    Kim Sengupta, Independent

    ‘A superbly researched account of post-9/11 Asia … outstanding’
    Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph

    Author: Ahmed Rashid

    ISBN: 9780141020860
    ISBN: 9780141020860
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE WORLD’S MOST UNSTABLE REGION AND THE THREAT TO GLOBAL SECURITY
    Author: Ahmed Rashid

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  • PAKISTAN ON THE BRINK

    An urgent, on-the-ground report from Pakistan–from the bestselling author of “Descent” “Into Chaos” and “Taliban” Ahmed Rashid, one of the world’s leading experts on the social and political situations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, offers a highly anticipated update on the possibilities and hazards–facing the United States after the death of Osama bin Laden and as Operation Enduring Freedom winds down. With the characteristic professionalism that has made him the preeminent independent journalist in Pakistan for three decades, Rashid asks the important questions and delivers informed insights about the future of U.S. relations with the troubled region. His most urgent book to date, “Pakistan on the Brink” is the third volume in a comprehensive series that is a call to action to our nation’s leaders and an exposition of this conflict’s impact on the security of the world.

    ISBN: 9780143122838

    AUTHOR: AHMED RASHID
    ISBN: 9780143122838
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE FUTURE OF AMERICA, PAKISTAN, AND AFGHANISTAN
    Author: Ahmed Rashid

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  • JIHAD

    An essential examination of the roots of fundamentalist rage in Central Asia, from the acclaimed author of Taliban and Descent into Chaos. Ahmed Rashid, whose masterful account of Afghanistan’s Taliban regime became required reading after September 11, turns his legendary skills as an investigative journalist to five adjacent Central Asian Republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan where religious repression, political corruption, and extreme poverty have created a fertile climate for militant Islam. Based on groundbreaking research and numerous interviews, Rashid explains the roots of fundamentalist rage in Central Asia, describes the goals and activities of its militant organizations, including Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda, and suggests ways of neutralizing the threat and bringing stability to the troubled region. A timely and pertinent work, Jihad is essential reading for anyone who seeks to gain a better understanding of a region we overlook at our peril.

    Author: Ahmed Rashid

    ISBN: 9780142002605
    ISBN: 9780142002605
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE RISE OF MILITANT ISLAM IN CENTRAL ASIA
    Author: Ahmed Rashid

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  • THE RETURN OF THE TALIBAN

    The first account of the new Taliban-showing who they are, what they want, and how they differ from their predecessors Since the fall of Kabul in 2021, the Taliban have effective control of Afghanistan-a scenario few Western commentators anticipated. But after a twenty-year-long bitter war against the Republic of Afghanistan, reestablishing control is a complex procedure. What is the Taliban’s strategy now that they’ve returned to power?In this groundbreaking new account, Hassan Abbas examines the resurgent Taliban as ruptures between moderates and the hardliners in power continue to widen. The group is now facing debilitating threats-from humanitarian crises to the Islamic State in Khorasan-but also engaging on the world stage, particularly with China and central Asian states. Making considered use of sources and contacts in the region, and offering profiles of major Taliban leaders, Return of the Taliban is the essential account of the movement as it develops and consolidates its grasp on Afghanistan.
    ISBN: 9780300267884
    Publisher: YALE UNIVERSITY
    Subtitle: AFGHANISTAN AFTER THE AMERICANS LEFT
    Author: HASSAN ABBAS

     6,695
  • SUBCONTINENT ADRIFT

    While several books have examined the security challenges faced by India and Pakistan in isolation as well as the strategies they have each adopted in response, Subcontinent Adrift places the two sets of clashing outlooks, policies, and strategies together and analyzes the causes and consequences of the drift in South Asia. Subcontinent Adrift maps out and explains India and Pakistan’s respective interests, motivations, and long-term objectives from a contemporary perspective. Much has happened in the intervening period since the nuclear tests in 1998 that has shaped the rivalry between these two countries, including advances in their strategic capabilities, domestic political shifts, and changes in the global balance of power. Hence the book considers to what extent the “drifting” Subcontinent is affecting the political, military, and economic dynamics on the international stage and causing a “global drift”-described by Chester Crocker as a “disorderly mixture of turbulence and drift in relationships among the leading powers and key regional states.”

    This study identifies the latent and emergent drivers behind the mounting acrimony in South Asia-notably, India’s ambitions as a “rising power” coupled with the resurgence of China and Pakistan’s strategic anxiety as the United States unmoors itself from Afghanistan and embraces India. India is similarly concerned as China advances its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) across the region, developing a network of economic and strategic hubs and bringing India’s neighbors into China’s embrace through its strategy of peripheral diplomacy. Countries in the region are attracted by the new opportunities offered through the BRI, which in turn undercuts India’s national objectives and provides new incentives for Pakistan to balance against India. Khan elucidates the intricacies of such external drivers vis-à-vis the internal factors of both countries and their ramifications in various scenarios.

    Subcontinent Adrift will be a valuable addition to the fields of international relations, security studies, and Asian studies. This book is in the Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security Series (General Editor: Dr. Geoffrey R.H. Burn).
    ISBN: 9781638570639
    Publisher: CAMBRIA PRESS
    Subtitle: STRATEGIC FUTURES OF SOUTH ASIA
    Author: FEROZ HASSAN KHAN

     6,495
  • TROIKA ENDGAME: PAKISTAN UNDER BENAZIR BHUTTO 1993-1996

    Both Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif didn’t acquit themselves well in the “trial of democracy” from 1988 to 1993. They did worse confronting the “dilemma of democracy” from 1993-1999 – how an elected government can complete its five year term and also provide a level playing field to the “government-in-waiting” to turn the tables at the end of the period. In consequence, Pakistan was driven straight into the jaws of martial law in 1999.

    This volume traces the rise and fall of the second Bhutto regime from 1993-96. It records how, through the good offices of the Establishment, she began on a conciliatory note with Nawaz Sharif by offering to nominate a consensus candidate (Wasim Sajjad) as President in exchange for jointly undoing the notorious Clause 58-2(B) of the 8th Constitutional Amendment which hung like the sword of Damocles over every prime minister. It tracks the negotiations to breaking point, compelling her to nominate her “own man”, Farooq Leghari, to the Presidency. It records Nawaz Shun cunning ways to drive a wedge between Leghari and Bhutto, which eventually led the former to use the 8th Amendment to sack the latter.

    The major policy issues that preoccupied Benazir Bhutto in her second term were nuclear proliferation, MQM terrorism in Karachi and conflict in Kashmir. The book explains how the US applied economic and military sanctions to pressure Pakistan to cap, freeze and roll back its nuclear programme but failed to achieve its objective. It details how she successfully tackled and put down MQM terrorism through effective use of civil-military power. And it records how she teamed up with the military to promote jihad in India-Occupied Kashmir.

    The book is about foul play by both Bhutto and Sharif; foreign policy blues; warlordism in Afghanistan; mythology of Mohajirism; nuclear policy; Mehrangate; General Mirza Aslam Beg’s “grand plan”; threat of an India-Pak nuclear war; journalists for sale; pains of privatization; Indo-Pak relations; doctrine of necessity; corruption and Surreygate. The analysis covers the mind of Benazir Bhutto, her Achilles heel and fatal flaws.

    It is indispensable reading for the student of history who wishes to understand how and why democracy failed to take root in the 1990s.
    ISBN: 9789694026534
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: Reportage, Comment & Analysis
    Author: NAJAM SETHI

     2,995
  • ON THE ROAD TO KANDAHAR

    In 1991, a British university student spent his summer break with Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq. Now a prize-winning reporter and author of a critically acclaimed book on al Qaeda, Jason Burke travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, the Gaza Strip, and Thailand to meet with refugees, mujahideen, and government ministers in a probing search to understand Islam, and Islamic radicalism, in the context of the War on Terrorism: His symbolic destination is the ancient city of Kandahar, a crossroads of history that was once the capital of Afghanistan, overtaken by such invaders as Alexander the Great, Tamer lane, and Genghis Khan before it became the Taliban’s administrative headquarters.

    Burke, a daring foreign correspondent for Britain’s Observer, crosses borders, dodges incoming shells, and speaks with villagers, soldiers, and government officials in a quest to understand why they fight (or don’t fight), and what they fear and hope for. He interviews Taliban officials, a former torturer for Saddam Hussein’s dreaded Mukhabarat (intelligence service), a soccer- loving suicide bomber, and an American sniper in Iraq, among many others.

    With crisp, evocative writing reminiscent of Hemingway (who also started as a foreign correspondent), On the Road to Kandahar brings the reader close to the people in whose villages and cities the “War on Terrorism” and Islamists’ violent acts of anti-Western, anti- modern jihad are being fought.

    Praised by London’s Daily Mail as intensely personal and accessible: this is the gripping story of a search for answers to some of the most urgent questions of our time: What drives Islamic fundamentalism, and how should the West respond? Are we so fundamentally different that we can’t coexist? Although much of Burke’s account concerns war and suffering, he reaches the optimistic conclusion that extremist violence alienates its populations, and so is doomed to fail and wither away.
    ISBN: 9780312366223
    Publisher: THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS
    Subtitle: Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World
    Author: JASON BURKE

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  • HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AFGHAN WARS, REVOLUTIONS AND INSURGENCIES


    ISBN: 8170493129
    Publisher: MANAS
    Subtitle: PUBLISHED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SCARECROW PRESS 2 ND ED
    Author: LUDWING W. ADAMEC

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  • RESCUING AFGHANISTAN

    Compared to post-invasion Iraq, Afghanistan seems a success story; but first impressions can be misleading. The country remains on a knife-edge, and the loss of momentum in its transition from the Taliban regime puts Afghanistan at grave risk of relapsing into dangerous insecurity.

    Although many Afghans have contributed courageously to rescuing their country, and some key benchmarks have been achieved, Afghanistan continues to face severe difficulties. Elite political competition is fierce, and able ministehave been removed when deemed to be occupying too much of the limelight. President Hamid Karzai, while articulate and incorruptible, remains wedded to a politics of bargaining and networking that has seen unappetizing figures promoted to positions they have then abused. This has created space for the resurgence of the Taliban in the south, with Pakistani backing. The new Afghan National Army is proving too expensive to be locally sustainable, and the police force offeonly a pale shadow of what is needed. The predominance of opium in the economy poses the risk that Afghanistan could become a nacre-state, and on a range of human development indicatoit remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with popular frustration rising. While foreign governments have contributed large sums to reconstruction, too much money ahs gone to Western contractors, at the expense of local capacity.

    It is not too late to turn things around, but time is running short. Only if the Afghan government re-focuses on the delivery of competent, clean and inclusive governance and the wider world ensures that its commitments match its rhetoric, is it at all likely that disaster can be avoided.
    ISBN: 1850658463
    Publisher: C. HURST & CO
    Subtitle:
    Author: WILLIAM MALEY

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  • THE AFGHAN AMULET

    Intrigued by an exquisite and mysterious amulet on an antique dress from Kohistan, ‘land of mountains’ in Pakistan, Sheila Paine began an epic quest that took her from the peaks of the Himalaya to the shores of Greece. In this, the first part of her journey, she set off alone and undaunted for the rugged Hindu Kush, her only possessions a tiny rucksack and a litre of vodka. Over the course of several months she followed endless clues – the patterns on a woman’s dress, pendants hanging outside village houses to ward off djinns, scraps of embroidery in a bazaar – that took her to some of the most remote and inhospitable places in the world. She travelled to Makran and in Pakistan, an area closed completely to foreigners, and to Iran, where she was constantly watched by government minders. She was smuggled into Afghanistan by a band of mujahedin, and then forged on into Iraq and Turkish Kurdistan from Iran, before one final piece of evidence led her to the small town of Razgrad in eastern Bulgaria and news of the amulet she so tirelessly sought.
    ISBN: 1845112431
    Publisher: I B TAURIS & CO LTD
    Subtitle: TRAVELS FROM THE HINDU KUS
    Author: SHEILA PAINE

     896 3,083
  • MODERN AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan’s history is a sad one: Soviet invasion in 1979; Pakistan-backed internal conflict in the 1980s: the Taliban regime and then the US invasion after the catastrophe of September 11th. Why does Afghanistan remain so vulnerable to domestic instability, foreign intervention and ideological extremism? Amin Saikal provides us with a sweeping new understanding of this troubled country that grounds Afghanistan’s problems in rivalries stemming from a series of dynastic alliances within the successive royal families from the end of the eighteenth century to the pro-Communist coup of 1978. This is the definitive study of Afghanistan.
    ISBN: 1845113160
    Publisher: I B TAURIS & CO LTD
    Subtitle: A HISTORY OF STRUGGLE AND SURVIVAL
    Author: AMIN SAIKAL

     896 4,646
  • HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AFGHANISTAN


    ISBN: 8170493110
    Publisher: MANAS
    Subtitle:
    Author: LUDWIG W. ADAMEC

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  • AFGHANISTAN & THE TROUBLED FUTURE OF UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE


    ISBN: 8170493064
    Publisher: MANAS
    Subtitle: PUBLISHED IN COLLABORATION WITH NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS , USA
    Author: HY S. ROTHSTEIN

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  • THREE WOMEN OF HERAT

    In the years before the communist coup and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Veronica Doubleday set up home in the ancient city of Herat with her husband, who was researching Central Asian music. At first, her only glimpses of women were as shadows–faceless and voiceless. Gradually, however, she formed friendships with three young mothers who welcomed her into their lives, taught her their customs and music and shared the details of their everyday existence. She witnessed their most personal moments: the births and deaths of their children, their marriages and celebrations, religious holidays, healings, and rituals. After the Soviet invasion in 1979, she lost touch with her friends, but returned to Herat recently, adding another chapter to this poignant story.
    ISBN: 1845110269
    Publisher: TAURIS PARKE
    Subtitle: A MEMOIR OF LIFE, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP IN AFGHANISTAN
    Author: VERONICA DOUBLE

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  • GHOST WARS

    The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA’s secret involvement in al-Qaeada’s evolution.

    Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified government files and interviewed senior US officials and foreign spymasters. Here he gives the full inside story of the CIA’s covert funding of an Islamic jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, explores how this sowed the seeds of bn Laden’s rise, traces how he built his global network and brings to life the dramatic battles within the US government over national security. Above all, he lays bare American intelligence’s continual failure to grasp the rising threat of terrrorism in the years leading to 9/11 – and its devastating consequences.
    ISBN: 9780141020808
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001
    Author: STEVE COLL

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  • NARCO-TERRORISM IN AFGHANISTAN


    ISBN: W6671
    Publisher: KITABITAN PUBLISHING CO.
    Subtitle:
    Author: MUSA KHAN JALALZAI

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  • AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan dominates the news today, as it often did during the Soviet occupation two decades ago. But even in the 19th and early 20th centuries at the height of the Great Game, Afghanistan was the focal point of East-West relations. Squeezed between Russia, China, India and Persia, its tortured history provides an extraordinary glimpse into the patterns of world politics. Today, Afghanistan sits at the pivot of a region where a new Great Game is taking shape, pitched between America, its rivals and the peoples of Central Asia.
    ISBN: 1850438579
    Publisher: I.B.TAURIS
    Subtitle: A MODERN HISTORY
    Author: ANGELO RASANAYA

     996 4,006
  • REVOLUTION UNENDING

    The ongoing violence in Iraq has forced Afghanistan off the front pages. Some staunch supporters of Bush foreign policy even point to the “great success” in Afghanistan. But, as this vital and disturbing work asserts, this is a story still being written, and the ending is far from certain. Professor Dorronsoro (of the Sorbonne) has traveled and researched extensively in Afghanistan since 1988, and his book is not balanced; he seems to have an anti-American bias, and he often recklessly accuses the U.S. of “hegemony,” “imperialism,” and “war crimes.” Nevertheless, he knows his subject, and he provides a necessary examination of Afghanistan’s recent past, present, and future possibilities. He offers a convincing explanation for both the Soviet invasion and failures, and his account of the rise of the Taliban and their connections to Pakistan is particularly interesting. Despite the elections last year, Dorronsoro views the current “national” government as a virtual creation of foreign governments and international organizations. The challenge is to somehow create a national identity that can transcend ethnic and class differences.
    ISBN: 1850657033
    Publisher: HURST & COMPANY
    Subtitle: AFGHANISTAN 1979 TO THE PRESENT
    Author: GILLES DORRONSO

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