Battle for Pakistan is required reading for students of Pakistan and professionals who deal with this byzantine nation of immensely talented but--to this observer--strangely insecure inhabitants.
The Battle for Pakistan stands apart. First, Nawaz knows Pakistan inside and out. He understands its byzantine politics—long dominated by the Bhutto and Nawaz families—in which confecting and unraveling conspiracy theories is as popular a preoccupation in Pakistan as NFL football is in the United States. Second, his work stems from a detailed exploration of these events through a wealth of first-hand accounts in the United States and Pakistan. Third, he possesses an unparalleled knowledge of Pakistan’s military. And finally, he applies wisdom and insights to these events as only an expert with his knowledge and expertise can do.
Shuja Nawaz . . . is undoubtedly superbly qualified to write a book about the US-Pakistan bilateral relationship. . . . Given his professional and personal background, Nawaz is highly regarded in both Washington and Islamabad, and this is why this book is such a valuable contribution to better understanding this critical 70-year-old bilateral relationship.
Among the large number of fine books on Pakistan in recent years by academics, think-tank scholars, and practitioners, Shuja Nawaz’s The Battle for Pakistan stands apart. . . Where Nawaz’s book is most distinguishable is his ability to write about both countries with the detachment of an outsider and access of a trusted insider. . . . The Battle for Pakistan is a thoroughly sourced, superbly written book providing comprehensive, richly detailed discussions of several dimensions of Pakistan’s troubled relations with the US, mostly covering the period from 2008 through 2019.
The Battle for Pakistan is required reading for joint force planners and students of the region who seek lessons on mistaken assumptions and skewed perceptions. As U.S. domestic policy takes priority, Chinese investments in Pakistan ramp up, and the U.S. military footprint in the region is minimized, the time has never been more critical for a revision of the U.S. approach to Pakistan as a key regional partner.
11/15/22, Nawaz interviewed by Karan Thapar on The Wire