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Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Release date: April 09, 2012

Pakistani journalist and best-selling writer Ahmed Rashid will discuss and sign copies of his newest book, Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, on Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Buchner Hall of Goucher College's Alumnae/i House.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.

Rashid is the author of five books, including Taliban (2000, updated and reissued in 2010), which was translated into 26 languages and sold 1.5 million copies in English alone; Jihad — The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia (2002); and Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia (2008). Both Taliban and Descent into Chaos are on course lists at more than 200 universities and defense colleges around the world.

His latest book, Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, will be published this March. In it, Rashid lays out America's options with Pakistan and Afghanistan in the post-Bin Laden years.

For more than 20 years, Rashid was a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review. He now writes for BBC Online, The New York Times, El Mundo, The Financial Times, The New York Review of Books, and newspapers in Pakistan and several European countries. He has been covering the wars in Afghanistan since 1979, as well as conflicts in Central Asia and Pakistan.

Rashid is a member of the advisory board of Eurasia Net of the Soros Foundation, a scholar of the Davos World Economic Forum, a member of the board of New York's Committee to Protect Journalists, and a member of the advisory committee of the Asia division for Human Rights Watch. In 2004, he was appointed to the board of advisers to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.

After the 2001 war in Afghanistan, Rashid donated one-third of his book earnings to set up the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan, which has given nearly $400,000 in startup funds for newspapers and magazines in all the Afghan languages.

Foreign Policy magazine chose Rashid as one of the world's 100 most important global thinkers in 2009 and again in 2010. At the invitation of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, he became the first journalist to address the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2002 and the first journalist to address NATO ambassadors in Brussels in September 2003.

Rashid has addressed numerous universities, think tanks, and international meetings around the world and has won many awards in Britain, the United States, and Pakistan, including the 2001 Nisar Osmani Courage in Journalism Award, given by the Human Rights Society of Pakistan, and Spain's prestigious Casa Asia prize in 2008, for contributing the most cogent perspective about Asia to the Spanish people. 

Rashid was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and was educated at Malvern College England, Government College Lahore and got his degree in political science at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.