"[Dan Markey] writes with a directness and honesty that should be appreciated in the context of one of Washington's most sensitive relationships. . . . Markey also rightly focuses on new political trends and ideas in Pakistani popular culture that have been largely ignored in other accounts of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, as well as in the course of much of the policymaking in both countries. . . . Herein lies the strength of Markey's analysis--his acknowledgment of the grassroots efforts currently afoot that are trying to transform Pakistani politics."
--Shamila N. Chaudhary, Foreign Policy
"Some of the most fascinating details in Mr. Markey's account throw light on China as a moderating influence in spats between Pakistan and the United States. When relations between Washington and Islamabad reached a low after the United States killed Osama bin Laden, Beijing counseled Pakistan to moderate its anger and rejoin the Americans at the negotiating table."
--Jane Perlez, New York Times' Sinosphere blog
"Direct and honest."
--Meera Kumar, Gateway House
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Recommended by the Express Tribune (Pakistan).
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"Dan Markey has produced a deep and rich policy analysis of Pakistani-American relations. It exceeds anything yet written on the subject and includes the best review of U.S. policy options that I have ever read. The book discusses in depth Pakistan's own problematic behavior and fairly acknowledges the many mistakes made by Washington. Dr. Markey does not offer a superficial 'fix' but shows the way forward, including a discussion of contingent policies should Pakistan suddenly turn hostile to vital American interests."
--Stephen Philip Cohen, senior fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program, Brookings Institution
"In the years ahead, the United States may face no greater foreign policy challenge than Pakistan. Home to a variety of militant groups that attack both U.S. and Pakistani government targets, a growing nuclear arsenal, and a very precarious relationship between military and civilian authorities, conditions in Pakistan threaten its own stability, its neighbors, and vital U.S. interests. The U.S.-Pakistani relationship has been a dangerously uneven one. Dan Markey has written an invaluable analysis of conditions in Pakistan, likely trends, and options for the United States. Anyone in or outside government who cares about national security should read this book."
--Ryan C. Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan
"With compelling, clear common sense, Daniel Markey explains why Pakistan is too important to neglect and too complicated for some new U.S. grand strategy. This book is the best publication and the smartest offering yet on how to practically manage relations with a country as vexing as it is fascinating."
--Leslie H. Gelb, former New York Times columnist, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
"Pakistan is a primary challenge for the United States and the world. Markey's book captures the complexities of U.S.-Pakistan relations in interesting and intelligent ways. There is an exit--and it is a rare case where a truly good book presents wise and solid prescriptions for the future. A must-read for anyone interested in South Asia and the conundrum of Pakistan."
--Tom Pickering, former undersecretary of state and ambassador to Russia, the UN, and India
"The United States and Pakistan have been tormented by a mutually vexing relationship now for some sixty years. During every crisis, exasperated analysts in both countries often demand that their capitals end mutual engagement--and are dismayed when their leaders cannot readily comply. If you want to know why, read Dan Markey's marvelous book. His penetrating analysis not only describes how the United States and Pakistan are bound by ties that cannot be broken without great peril to both, but his recommendations also offer a hopeful path that both countries must tread if they are to overcome the corrosive distrust of the past."
--Ashley J. Tellis, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Daniel S. Markey is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he specializes in security and governance issues in South Asia. From 2003 to 2007, Markey held the South Asia portfolio on the secretary's policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to government service, he taught in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, served as executive director of Princeton's Research Program in International Security, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. He received a BA in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Princeton University.