Bruce Riedel Speaks at the Fletcher School

Posted: January 26, 2011 in News and Views


Bruce Riedel, South Asian Expert

Bruce Riede, South Asian Expert, a former CIA Officer and chair of President Obama’s inter-agency review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan speaks at the Fletcher School-Tufts University on Wednesday, 26 January, 2011, at 5 :30 pm at Cabot 205. Speaker is also  a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. The former adviser to four U.S. presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues. He is the author of the highly acclaimed ‘The Search for al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future’ and is a regular contributor to ‘The Daily Beast.’

Riedel will be promoting his new book, ‘Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of Global Jihad’. One of America’s foremost authorities on national security, South Asia, and terrorism, Bruce Riedel chaired President Obama’s 2009 strategic review of policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan. He helped write the speech where the president referred to the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands as the most dangerous region in the world.’

In his introduction to Deadly Embrace, Riedel writes: ‘Pakistan and America have been gripped together in a deadly embrace for decades. For reasons good and bad, successive American presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in Pakistan that have contributed to its instability and radicalization. This has set the stage for the development of the global jihad. Explaining how and why this has happened is the subject of this book.’

The book will be available for purchase at the event. Co-sponsor: Tufts History Department


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