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No Exit from Pakistan
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1. No exit; 2. The four faces of Pakistan; 3. Why do they hate us?; 4. U-turn to drift; 5. Great expectations to greater frustrations; 6. From the outside-in; 7. America's options.

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This book tells the story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan.

About the Author

Daniel S. Markey is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), 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 US Department of State. Prior to government service, he taught in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he also served as executive director of Princeton's Research Program in International Security. Dr Markey earned his bachelor's degree in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University, his doctorate in politics from Princeton University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Markey served as project director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on US Strategy in Pakistan and Afghanistan (2010). He has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, and Security Studies among other journals. His commentary has been featured in many newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and International Herald Tribune. He has been awarded grants from the MacArthur and Smith Richardson foundations to support his research, including regular trips to Pakistan and elsewhere in Asia.

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'Daniel Markey takes the title and opening remarks of No Exit from Pakistan, his book on the US-Pakistani relationship, from Sartre's Huis Clos, a work that contains the famous dictum 'Hell is other people'. Hell, for many US policymakers, is having to work in Pakistan. As Markey writes, the degree of sheer personal animosity felt by parts of the Washington establishment toward Pakistan is beginning to have a serious effect on the clarity of thought about that country.' Anatol Lieven, New York Review of Books
"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 US 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 US 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 US interests. The US-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 United States 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 US 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 US-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 Under Secretary 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 Markey takes the title and opening remarks of No Exit from Pakistan, his book on the US-Pakistani relationship, from Sartre's Huis Clos, a work that contains the famous dictum 'Hell is other people'. Hell, for many US policymakers, is having to work in Pakistan. As Markey writes, the degree of sheer personal animosity felt by parts of the Washington establishment toward Pakistan is beginning to have a serious effect on the clarity of thought about that country." Anatol Lieven, New York Review of Books

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