Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199405671

700 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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The book is a multi-layered, historical analysis of the nature and rule of the Pakistan Army in the country's polity as well as its turbulent relationship with the US.


List of Maps
List of Photographs
List of Acronyms
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface and Acknowledgements
Dramatis Personae
Introduction: From 786 to the Age of Terror
1. In History Bound
2. A Difficult Birth
3. The First Kashmir War
4. The Legacy of Conflict: Chaos and Ambitions
5. Courting Uncle Sam
6. Things Fall Apart
7. The First Coup
8. Martial Law and the Search for Legitimacy
9. Wars and Consequences
10. September 1965 and Ayub's Fall
11. Untied Pakistan: How to Break Up a Country
12. Wars and Consequences Redux
13. Bhutto Rules
14. Guardians of the Faith
15. The Troika's Musical Chairs
16. Systemic Failures: The Wars Within
17. The Liberal Autocrat
18. Today and Tomorrow
1. Timeline: Key Events-Pakistan and Its Army
2. Primary Sources 595 3. Investigation into the Death of General Asif Nawaz
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About the author: 

Shuja Nawaz, a native of Pakistan, is currently a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center in Washington DC. He was the Center's founding director from 2009-2014. As a political and strategic analyst, Nawaz writes for leading newspapers and websites, and speaks on current topics before civic groups, at think tanks, and on radio and television worldwide. He has worked with RAND, the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and other leading think tanks on projects dealing with Pakistan and the Middle East. He has also advised or briefed senior government and military officials and parliamentarians in the United States, Europe, and Pakistan. Shuja Nawaz was educated at Gordon College, Rawalpindi, where he obtained a BA in economics and English literature and the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University in New York.; Shuja Nawas is author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within (Oxford University Press 2008). He is also the principal author of FATA: A Most Dangerous Place (CSIS, Washington DC January 2009), Pakistan in the Danger Zone: A Tenuous US-Pakistan Relationship (Atlantic Council 2010), Learning by Doing: The Pakistan Army's Experience with Counterinsurgency (Atlantic Council 2011), and with Mohan Guruswamy, India-Pakistan: The Opportunity Cost of Conflict (Atlantic Council 2014).

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