The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood

Shuja Nawaz (Author)


The Battle for Pakistan showcases a marriage of convenience between unequal partners. The relationship between Pakistan and the United States since the early 1950s has been nothing less than a whiplash-inducing rollercoaster ride. Today, surrounded by hostile neighbors, with Afghanistan increasingly under Indian influence, Pakistan does not wish to break ties with the United States. Nor does it want to become a vassal of China and get caught in the vice of a US-China rivalry, or in the Arab-Iran conflict. Internally, massive economic and demographic challenges as well as the existential threat of armed militancy pose huge obstacles to Pakistan's development and growth. Could its short-run political miscalculations in the Obama years prove too costly? Can the erratic Trump administration help salvage this relationship? Based on detailed interviews with key US and South Asian leaders, access to secret documents and operations, and the author's personal relationships and deep knowledge of the region, this book untangles the complex web of the US-Pakistani relationship and identifies a clear path forward, showing how the United States can build better partnerships in troubled corners of the world.

Product Details

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
April 10, 2020
6.0 X 0.95 X 9.0 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

Shuja Nawaz, a globally recognized political and strategic analyst, is a distinguished fellow at the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council. He is the author of many studies on Pakistan and South Asian security issues and an acclaimed book, Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within.