Journalist and author of Descent into Chaos and Pakistan on the Brink
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About Ahmed Rashid
Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist and best-selling author, is one of the world’s leading experts on the social and political situations in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His first book, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, explores the shadowy world of the Taliban and quickly became a #1 New York Times bestseller, selling more than 1.5 million copies in English with translations in twenty-six languages. He is also the author of Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, Descent into Chaos, and Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Rashid has been called “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens) and his unique knowledge of this vast and complex region allows him a panoramic vision and nuance that no Western writer can emulate.
An engaging and thought-provoking speaker in the United States and abroad, Rashid has addressed numerous universities, think tanks, and international meetings around the world and has won many awards in Britain, the United States, and Pakistan, including the Nisar Osmani Courage in Journalism Award, given by the Human Rights Society of Pakistan. At the invitation of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Rashid became the first journalist to address the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2002 and the first journalist to address NATO ambassadors in Brussels in September 2003.
Rashid has been the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the past twenty years for London’s Daily Telegraph and writes for the Pakistani newspaper The Nation. He is a regular contributor to BBC Online, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, New York Times and The Washington Post and he appears on international television and radio networks such as CNN and BBC World.
Rashid was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1948, and was educated at Malvern College in England, Government College University, Lahore and at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He is married with two children and lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
Descent Into Chaos: U.S. Policy and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia
Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
Books by Ahmed Rashid
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Pakistan on the Brink
"In this grim but insightful sequel to Descent into Chaos (2008), veteran Pakistani journalist Rashid’s outlook is perfectly expressed by the title of that earlier overview...Rashid’s concluding advice, although reasonable, requires too many leaders to come to their senses, but readers will welcome this insider’s lucid, expert account of a disaster in the making." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review