How did the Pakistani Taliban reorganize itself? How duplicitous is the Pakistani Army's role? How are the United States and the CIA involved? What is the nature of India's support to Balochi dissidents? If you read Ahmed Rashid's Descent Into Chaos, you'll get the answers: the book is a definitive guide to the politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
And with the Taliban now in Swat, not far from Islamabad, Rashid sends us an update.