War, Coups and Terror: Pakistan's Army in Years of Turmoil (Hardcover)

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War, Coups and Terror: Pakistan's Army in Years of Turmoil (Hardcover)


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In recent years, Pakistan has changed from being a state of regional strategic significance to one of major global importance. Its geographical position and delicate religious mix, coupled with a complex political structure and its status as a nuclear power, have ensured that its actions—and inactions—have attracted close scrutiny since 9/11 and the declaration of the 'War on Terror.' Yet there remains widespread dis-agreement among political and military analysts as to the real position of this enigmatic nation.

In War, Coups, and Terror, Brian Cloughley explores the underbelly of Pakistan's military and its controversial role within the Pakistani government since Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto came to power in 1971. An insider with links to Pakistan's past and present senior officers, Cloughley provides a unique insight into the Army's influence and position as a force in the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as well as an account of operations against the 2003-2004 tribal uprising. His coverage of military-political relations will fascinate those who seek a closer understanding of this enigmatic and complex country, its ambitions, affiliations, and loyalties.
Brian Cloughley spent a total of eight years in Pakistan, first as deputy head of the UN Military Mission in Kashmir, then as Australian defense attaché, and has deep knowledge of the army’s structure, personalities, and capabilities. He visits the country regularly and updates its defense details for global military news website IHS Jane’s Sentinel. He lives in the village of Voutenay-sur-Cure in Burgundy, France.

Product Details ISBN: 9781602396982
ISBN-10: 1602396981
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: May 1st, 2009
Pages: 208
Language: English