Hilali provides an excellent study into the US-Pakistan partnership under the Reagan administration. The book explores the causes of Pakistan's involvement in the Afghanistan war and the United States' support to prevent Soviet adventurism. It shows that Pakistan was the principal channel through which assistance was provided to Afghan freedom fighters; it also provided access to its military bases to use against the Soviet Union.
The study looks at the consequences of the war on Pakistan and explains how it became enmeshed within its domestic politics. Furthermore, it evaluates the role of Pakistan as a key partner in the global coalition against terrorism and discusses how General Pervez Musharraf brought about Pakistan's development towards a progressive, moderate and democratic society. Ideally suited to courses on foreign policy.
Contents: Introduction; The geopolitics of US interests in South Asia; Pakistan's security dilemma; Motives behind the US-Pakistan relationship; Pakistan's response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; The US response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; The Afghan crisis and its consequences for Pakistan; Renewal of US-Pakistan partnership; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
About the Author: A.Z. Hilali is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan
Reviews: 'This book is an essential contribution to the study of US-Pakistan relationships since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Hilali skilfully exposes the hidden, though immense, involvement of Pakistan in the Afghan war and its less recognized role in the ultimate demise of the Soviet Empire. He reveals the nature of the Afghan war and its blundering impact on Pakistan's society, and provides a unique account of the country's foreign policy after the 9/11 incident, when the country turned from a supporter of the Taliban regime to a partner of the US in its war on terrorism.' Dr Seyed Mohammad Ali Taghavi, Fredowsi University, Iran
'This is an important, well conceived, superbly researched and lucidly written book. The author has analyzed US-Pakistan partnership during the Afghanistan war with a keen and penetrating insight. The book provides an immensely sensible and very readable account of the ignored aspects of Soviet adventurism in Afghanistan along with analytical review of what influenced Pakistan to join in the Afghanistan war. Undoubtedly the book is an indispensable and outstanding contribution in the field of Afghanistan studies.' Dr Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, The Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Pakistan
‘…one of the best studies yet to appear on the reasons and consequences of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. [Hilali] explores the crucial but unacknowledged and pivotal contribution of Pakistan in the Afghan war…Hilali’s study is an important piece of scholarship on the vital issues of the contemporary history and politics of Afghanistan and the war against terrorism that should be of great interest to scholars, policy analysts, and government decision-makers.’ Professor Robert Olson, University of Kentucky, USA
'This volume is a detailed account of Pakistan's struggle to survive during the turbulent 1980s…Recommended.' Choice
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