history that describes the bizarrely ill-suited alliance between America and
Pakistan, written by a uniquely insightful participant: Pakistan’s former
ambassador to the US
The relationship between America and Pakistan is based on
mutual incomprehension, and always has been. Pakistan—to American eyes—has gone
from being a stabilizing friend to an essential military ally to a seedbed of
terror. America—to Pakistani eyes—has been a guarantee of security, a coldly
distant scold, an enthusiastic military supplier and ally, and now a threat to
national security and a source of humiliation. In their sixty-five year
relationship, one country has become a global superpower, the other perilously
close to a failed state—perhaps one of the most dangerous places in the world.
Husain Haqqani has a unique insight into Pakistan, his
homeland, and America, where he was the Pakistani ambassador and is now a
professor at Boston University. His life has mapped the relationship of
Pakistan and America, and he has found himself often close to the heart of it—sometimes in very confrontational circumstances, even under house arrest—which
has allowed him to write the story of the two countries’ turbulent affair, here
memorably laid bare.
Download and start listening now!