Pakistan – A Hard Country Anatol Lieven. In the past decade Pakistan Hard Country has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is not Islamist insurgency as such, but the actions of the United States, and the greatest long term threat is ecological change.Â Anatol Lievenâs book is a magisterial investigation of this highly complex and often poorly understood country. Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lievenâs extensive travels as a journalist and academic, Pakistan: A Hard Country is both utterly compelling and deeply revealing..
This book would not have been possible had it not been forÂ the immense kindness and hospitality of many Pakistanis,Â who invited me to their homes and talked to me franklyÂ about their lives and their opinions â so many that the greatÂ majority will have to go unthanked.Â I am especially indebted to Ashraf and Ambrin HayatÂ and their family in Islamabad. I hope that my prolongedÂ stays with them did not disrupt their lives too much.Â Syed Fakr Imam and Syeda Abida Hussain have beenÂ most gracious hosts over the years in their various residences,Â and shared with me their knowledge of politics, historyÂ and culture. Najam and Jugnu Sethi have been goodÂ friends and kind hosts for an equal time. Naeem Pasha andÂ Kathy Gannon have entertained me more often than I canÂ remember, and Kathy has shared her incomparable knowledgeÂ of matters Afghan. Naveed and Saeed Elahi haveÂ both given most generously of their time and helped meÂ enormously with advice, information and contacts.Â Pakistan – A Hard Country Anatol Lieven