Tariq Ali’s new book, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, weighs the prospects of those contending for power in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, and demonstrates Pakistan’s unique influence on the emergence of a secure world or global conflagration.
Tariq Ali is a writer, journalist and film-maker. He was born in Lahore in 1943 and was educated at Oxford University, where he became involved in student politics, in particular with the movement against the war in Vietnam. He owned his own independent television production company, Bandung, which produced programmes for Channel 4 in the UK during the 1980s. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles and journalism to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and the London Review of Books. He is editorial director of London publishers Verso and is on the board of the New Left Review, for whom he is also an editor.
Charles Glass is a freelance writer and broadcaster, who began his journalistic career in 1973 at the ABC News Beirut bureau with Peter Jennings. He covered the October Arab-Israeli War in Syria and Egypt and the civil war in Lebanon, where artillery fire wounded him in 1976. He became Chief Middle East correspondent of ABC News in 1983, a post he held in Beirut and London for 10 years. Since 1993, he has been a freelance writer in Paris, Tuscany, Venice and London, publishing books, short stories, essays and articles in the United States and Europe.