Jan 18

Past Event

Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of Global Jihad

Event Materials



  • U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

    Bruce Riedel: The U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship is one of spectacular highs followed by deep lows. The one consistency in the American policy approach to Pakistan is our love affair with military dictatorships.

    Bruce Riedel

  • India and Pakistan

    Bruce Riedel: We have been playing Russian roulette between India and Pakistan for the last decade. Although India has shown tremendous restraint, sooner or later we are going to have a mass casualty terrorist attack.

    Bruce Riedel

  • Pakistan’s Terrorist Problem

    Bruce Riedel: Pakistan today is afflicted with a severe terrorist problem. Yet, it is also a country with a long track record of being in bed with many of the terrorist organizations.

    Bruce Riedel

  • Pakistan Today Facing Severe Stress

    Bruce Riedel: Pakistan today is a country facing the most severe stress in its history, where it is fighting for its soul and for its future. Pakistan faces a unique and complex situation in which it is both victim and patron of terror.

    Bruce Riedel


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For decades, the United States has pursued narrow short-term interests in the Pakistan, all in an effort to promote stability in South Asia and U.S. national security. Arguably, many of the resulting policies proved counterproductive in the long-term, contributing instead to political instability within Pakistan and radicalizing segments of the Pakistani public. This background has helped set the stage for the global jihad confronting much of the world today.

On January 18, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted the launch of Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, & the Future of Global Jihad (Brookings Press, 2011), the latest book by Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel. In Deadly Embrace, Riedel discusses the forces behind these developments, detailing the history of Pakistan-U.S. relations and exploring the broader impact of that dynamic. Riedel discussed what the Obama administration can do now to repair the damaged U.S.-Pakistani relationship and how the U.S. can avoid making similar mistakes in dealing with extremist forces in Pakistan and beyond. Following his opening remarks, Riedel was joined by former Ambassador Karl Inderfurth, who holds the first Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Senior Fellow Kenneth M. Pollack, director of the Saban Center, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. After the program, the panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda


January 18, 2011

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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