LAWERENCE ZIRING is the Arnold E Schneider Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University, USA. He has lectured around the world, teaching in both Pakistan and Bangladesh, and is the author or editor of over twenty books, including 'Pakistan in the Twentieth Century' (OUP, 2000), and numerous articles and papers. Between 1990 and 1993 he was President of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and he has served on many occasions as a consultant for the United States Department of State on issues related to international security, and especially Pakistan.One of the original advisers to the establishment of the Pakistan Administrative Staff College and a respected guest lecturer, commentator, and newspaper contributor, Professor Ziring has received many prestigious awards for his tireless commitment to political education, as well as for his work in South Asian and Muslim countries.
AT THE CROSSCURRENT OF HISTORY
Born from a vision of political idealism, caught up in termoil from its first day of independence, this is the tale of one nation’s journey from the margins of history to the center of the world stage. Forced into the spotlight by the international fight against terror, Pakistan has become a global player and an acknowledged nuclear power; today, struggling to balance Western influences with internal demands, it stands poised at the very crosscurrent of history.
Lawrence Ziring, political scientist and long-time observer of the Pakistan scene, combines all the salient facts with astute analysis to track Pakistan’s history from the pre-Partition era, through Independence in 1947, to its changing role in the post 911 world. Guiding us through three wars, numerous periods of political instability and martial law, he offers a penetrating analysis of the conflicts between tradition and modernity, religion and secularity, which continue both to burden this Muslim country and to shape its destiny.
Definitive, readable, and uncompromising, this new account is not a glib survey, but a roadmap through a rocky past, opening on to an uncertain future.
Readers will find in this book all the historical and political insight they may need in their search for answers to the question burning in the minds of international powers and Pakistani citizens alike: ‘Whither Pakistan?’
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS