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Book review: Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back , written by Bruce O. Riedel

Book review: Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back , written by... Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back . Washington, dc : Brookings Institution Press, 2013. isbn 9780815724087, 250 pp., us$ 27.95. Bruce O. Riedel is a former cia analyst and a senior adviser to four us presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues, who currently works at the Brookings Institution in its Saban Center for Middle East Policy. His extensive experience in the fields of Indo–Pakistani affairs and counter-terrorism has yielded a concise but extremely informative volume that offers a thought-provoking analysis of the historical evolution of the trilateral relations of the United States, India and Pakistan, successfully explaining the complex issues involved. The book’s title aptly reflects the challenging goal of us –Indo–Pakistani diplomacy in South Asia. The threat of Armageddon is, unfortunately, a chilling reality in a region where two conflicting nuclear powers share a common border. The desired peace is constantly jeopardized by the numerous terrorist organizations that have evolved in the subcontinent over recent decades and that are able to provoke an escalation between India and Pakistan at any time. Riedel highlights the seriousness of this problem at the start of his book through a case study of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

Book review: Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back , written by Bruce O. Riedel

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 10 (1): 108 – Jan 27, 2015

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Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back . Washington, dc : Brookings Institution Press, 2013. isbn 9780815724087, 250 pp., us$ 27.95. Bruce O. Riedel is a former cia analyst and a senior adviser to four us presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues, who currently works at the Brookings Institution in its Saban Center for Middle East Policy. His extensive experience in the fields of Indo–Pakistani affairs and counter-terrorism has yielded a concise but extremely informative volume that offers a thought-provoking analysis of the historical evolution of the trilateral relations of the United States, India and Pakistan, successfully explaining the complex issues involved. The book’s title aptly reflects the challenging goal of us –Indo–Pakistani diplomacy in South Asia. The threat of Armageddon is, unfortunately, a chilling reality in a region where two conflicting nuclear powers share a common border. The desired peace is constantly jeopardized by the numerous terrorist organizations that have evolved in the subcontinent over recent decades and that are able to provoke an escalation between India and Pakistan at any time. Riedel highlights the seriousness of this problem at the start of his book through a case study of the

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Published: Jan 27, 2015

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