Ahmed Rashid (Urdu:احمد رشید; born 1948 in Pakistan) is a
journalist and best-selling foreign policy author of several books
about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia.
1 Life and career
2 Selected works
3 See also
5 External links
Life and career
Rashid was born in Rawalpindi. He attended Malvern College, England,
Government College Lahore, and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
After graduating, Rashid spent ten years in the hills of Balochistan,
Pakistan attempting to organise an uprising against the
Pakistani military dictatorships of Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan. He ended
his guerrilla fighting days frustrated and defeated and turned his
attentions to writing about his homeland.
Pauline Neville-Jones at the Halifax International Security
He has been the Pakistan,
Central Asia Correspondent
Daily Telegraph for more than 20 years and a correspondent for
Far Eastern Economic Review. He also writes for the Wall Street
Journal, The Nation,
Daily Times (Pakistan) and academic journals. He
appears regularly on international TV and radio networks such as CNN
and BBC World.
He is a well known and vocal critic of the Bush administration in
relation to the Iraq war and its alleged neglect of the Taliban
issue. Rashid's 2000 book, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and
Fundamentalism in Central Asia, was a
New York Times
New York Times bestseller for
five weeks, translated into 22 languages, and has sold 1.5 million
copies since the September 11, 2001 attacks. The book was used
extensively by American analysts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Rashid charged that former President
George W. Bush
George W. Bush plagiarized his
work in writing his memoirs.
His commentary also appears in the Washington Post's PostGlobal
Rashid lives in Lahore, Punjab,
Pakistan with his wife and two
The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism?, St. Martin's
Press (May 1994), ISBN 1-85649-131-5.
Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Yale
University Press (March 2000) ISBN 0-300-08340-8.
Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, Yale University
Press (January 25, 2002) ISBN 0-300-09345-4. (Hyderabad: Orient
Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation
Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, Viking, 2008,
Taliban: The Power of Militant Islam in
Afghanistan and Beyond, 2nd
I.B.Tauris (April 2010), ISBN 978-1-84885-446-8
Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan, Viking Adult (March 15, 2012),
The Great Game
The Oil Factor
^ a b Frontier Years Give Might to Ex-Guerrilla’s Words, by Jane
Perlez, The New York Times, July 5th 2008.
Ahmed Rashid Ahmed Rashid[self-published source?]
^ Lawson, Alastair (16 November 2010). "Pakistani journalist upset by
George Bush 'plagiarism'". BBC News. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
Ahmed Rashid Official website
Contributor from The New York Review of Books
Column archive at The Guardian
Ahmed Rashid at Journalisted
Appearances on C-SPAN
C-SPAN Q&A interview with Rashid, May 2, 2010
Ahmed Rashid on Charlie Rose
Ahmed Rashid on IMDb
Works by or about
Ahmed Rashid in libraries (
Ahmed Rashid from Speaker's Booklet : Creating
opportunity from Change, Arab Strategy Forum, page 20, 4–6 December
Profile, The New York Times, 5 July 2008
Taliban Stranglehold, Ramon Schack, Qantara, 11 April 2010
After the Death of Osama bin Laden: Now to Break the Al-Qaeda
Franchise, 19 May 2011
"Worse than Afghanistan" Pakistani writer and
Taliban expert Ahmed
Rashid reports on the failures of the international community in Mali.
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