Ahmed Rashid

Three walls of my study are covered in books. The fourth wall is made up of photographs and prints I have enjoyed over the years or are part of my development as a journalist and writer. Part of one wall is also a long low slung window that looks out into the small garden we have. When the kids were small I could watch them play, now i watch the dogs play.

My books are very well organized, nearly two walls are made up of books related to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, another part is related to US foreign policy and other non-fiction works. Half of one wall is poetry which I have read all my life. The rest is devoted to all kinds of fiction – serious, thrillers, crime, comic, sub-continental writers. At the moment I am reading the works of the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk.


Ahmed Rashid is one of the best-known writers and commentators on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, 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). All his books have been translated into dozens of languages and they have won numerous prizes around the world. 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. Described as “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” by the influential writer and thinker Christopher Hitchens, 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. January 2014

To learn more about Ahmed Rashid and his amazing work check out the links below:

Website: ahmedrashid.com

Facebook: facebook.com/ahmedrashidpage