The Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands are pivotal to international security. They are often dangerous, strategically crucial and little explored by outsiders. Robin Brooke-Smith provides a new perspective on Northwest Pakistan in this first-hand account of his years in this troubled region. Tracing the build-up to 9/11 and the upheaval that has followed, this is a captivating behind-the-scenes look into the regional fulcrum of global jihad. Recounting his experiences as Principal of the prestigious Edwardes College in Peshawar, the author explores the creation and growing influence of the Taliban, and provides a unique and close-up view into this fascinating area. This book is illuminating reading for all those interested in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the turbulent recent history of the borderlands of the 'AfPak' region.
Robin Brooke-Smith completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in International Education Leadership. He was Principal of Edwardes College, University of Peshawar in Pakistan, Principal of the University of Toronto Schools and a Holgate Fellow at Grey College Durham University. He has taught at Shrewsbury School and Backwell School in Bristol, and was Assistant Director of the British Council in Tanzania. Most recently, he was Director of Consultancy Services at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth at the University of Warwick. He is currently a writer and international educational consultant.
Preface by Khalid Aziz, Former Chief Secretary of NWFP Government Part One: WANTED A Thousand miles to Babylon Bishop to King Three Part Two: TO THE FRONTIER The Fish in the Water are Thirsty. Part Three: UNDER THE PEEPUL TREE Liberal 'Madrassa' Cranes and Parakeets Part Four: WIDER HORIZONS, SHIFTING SANDS Will there be Gunships overhead? Eid Greetings and Merry Christmas The Bishop, the Governor and the Elder Statesman Four Bad Tempered Camels Part Five: STORM AND TERROR Storm Clouds Conspiracy We're shining Sword Dancers, Marching Bands, and Fire 9/11 and the Bloody Aftermath EPILOGUE : End Game Index