Ahmed Rashid

is one of the best-known writers and commentators on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, and increasingly the Middle East a complex area that he has covered in detail for a variety of publications since 1979. He is the author of five books, including the best-selling ‘Taliban‘ (2000) and ‘Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia’ (2008), both of which are on course lists at over 200 universities and defense colleges around the world. Other titles include ‘Jihad (2002)’ and ‘The Resurgence of Central Asia. (1994)’ and, most recently, ‘Pakistan on the Brink, The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan’ (2012). His books have been translated into over 40 languages and they have won numerous prizes around the world in many different countries.

He writes regularly for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Spain’s El Mundo, BBC Online and several Pakistani publications. Foreign Policy magazine chose him as one of the world’s most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010; he serves on the Board of New York’s Committee to Protect Journalist, he is an adviser to Human Rights Watch and he has also served on the Board of Advisers for the International Committee of the Red Cross for five years. He has informally advised governments, the United Nations, international think tanks and other institutions. He recently helped organize the third Lahore Literary Festival that lasted 3 days and bought together 100 writers and artists and an audience of 75,000 people. He has been involved with the event since the first Literary Festival three years ago.

You can read his articles on https://www.facebook.com/ahmedrashidpage

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