Mackinders Heartlands Bypass Failure-Afghanistan and Pakistan and Us Future Wars
The central idea of this brief book is that Afghanistan contrary to common perception is not a US failure. On the contrary Afghanistan is a very crucial US strategic move towards what Mackinder defined in 1904, and most significantly a US potential move that can threaten the soft under belly of both China and Russia. The hard part of this discussion is that US decision makers must understand this fact. Ukraine can never be won by USA because it is too close to the Russian heartland and Russia knows Ukraine too well. Afghanistan and Pakistan are two places where Russia and China can be brought to certain grief. Pakistan and Afghanistan are both multi ethnic states and can be manipulated by the US .Not Ukraine by any definition ! Present situation is that China seeks to step in the so called that it sees in Af Pak . Chinese decision makers assess that China can manipulate and control both Afghanistan and Pakistan using soft power. Various indicators show that Chinese are capable of transforming Pakistan into a Chinese autonomous republic by 2030 or 2040.This would mean a much needed successful bypass surgery for a China that cannot face US might if it continues to rely on its existing maritime infra-structure.
- Paperback | 46 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 2.79mm | 117.93g
- 31 May 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- colour illustrations
About Agha Humayun Amin
About the Author Agha Humayun Amin studied at Saint Marys Academy Lalazar and Forman Christian College Lahore and at Pakistan Military Academy Kakul. He was commissioned in 11 Cavalry (FF) earlier known as PAVO Cavalry on 17 March 1983. Served in various command, staff and instructional appointments in the army, finally commanding an independent tank squadron and retiring from the army on 05 March 1994. His writings were published in Pakistan Armys leading institutional journals, notably Pakistan Army Journal and Command and Staff College Quettas Citadel Journal. He also authored three major tactical publications " Tactical Handling of Recce Troop " (1986), " Tactical Handling of Recce Support Group" *(1989 and the " The RFS Concept " (1990). His recommendations regarding creation of army command groups as published as an article in 1998 were accepted by the Pakistan Army in 2007 when army commands were created. His books are essential reading in more than 200 leading libraries of the world including Library of Congress USA, Combined Arms Research Library of US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth which is worlds largest military library, US Army War College Carlisle Library, Defence Intelligence Agency Library of USA, Columbi University Library, US Armor School Fort Knox Library, LUMS Library etc.He wrote extensively for various journals and newspapers and also served as Assistant Editor Defence Journal, Executive Editor Globe, Founding Editor Journal of Afghanistan Studies and presently as Editor in Chief for "Intelligence Review." He also actively worked as an associate of two leading think tanks www.orbat.com of Ravi Rikhye and as Fellow of Alexandrian Defense Group, USA. Major Agha H Amin has been invited to lecture and present papers at various institutions including US Army Centre of Military History etc . He headed Afghan Toll and Transoxiana two consulting firms which played keyrole in various Asian Bank and World Bank electric transmission line studies, notably CASA 1000, Uzbekistan Afghanistan Pakistan line and Turkmenistan-Shibirgan -Mazar Sharif line.