The killing of Osama bin Laden spotlighted Pakistanís unpredictable political dynamics, which are often driven by conspiracy theories, paranoia, and a sense of betrayal. In Pakistan, the late prime minister Benazir Bhutto famously declared that there is always the story behind the story. In The Pakistan Cauldron, James P Farwell explains what makes Pakistani politics tick. Farwell has advised the Department of Defense on terrorism, sovereignty, and the political issues in the Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan. Here he reveals how key Pakistani political players have inconsistently employed the principles of strategic communication to advance their agendas and undercut their enemies.
Pakistan is an enigma to many. Only by understanding the complex forces that shape Pakistani leaders can we uncover their shifting political agendas and how they affect America and the West. Farwell explains how and why former president Pervez Musharraf clamped down on nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan and isolated him. He assesses Benazir Bhuttoís unique legacy and analyzes how Musharraf handled the aftermath of her assassination. He explains Pakistanís current instability and demonstrates how the countryís emotional reaction to bin Ladenís death is best understood as the outcome of long-standing political dynamics. The Pakistan Cauldron is for anyone who needs to know why Pakistan continues to pose increasingly difficult challenges for the United States and the West.
Author: James P Farwell
Features: HB, PP