Though Pakistan and the United States have been allies since Pakistan’s birth in 1947, mistrust and cross-purposes have long characterized their relationship. The discovery of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad exposed a major schism, and opinion polls now show that a majority of citizens in either country do not trust the other. The US increasingly sees nuclear-armed Pakistan, home to a growing Islamist insurgency, as a threat to its security; while for their part, Pakistanis believe the US has not been a trustworthy ally. In this book, Husain Haqqani explains what makes consistent cooperation between the two allies difficult, and why they might be on an adversarial course. Relying on historical accounts (including hitherto unpublished material) as well as the author’s personal knowledge, this book explains Pakistan-American relations in context of Pakistan’s hostility with India and its role in global jihad.
Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. He is currently Director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute in Washington DC and Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University. He has been a journalist, academic and diplomat in addition to serving as advisor to four Pakistani Prime Ministers, including the late Benazir Bhutto. His 2005 book Pakistan Between Mosque and Military was acclaimed for explaining the roots of Pakistan’s foreign and domestic policies. His latest book Magnificent Delusions: US, Pakistan and the Global Jihad which came out in November 2013 has been described as “timely, valuable and objective” by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.