The Atlantic Cover Story: Pakistan, the Ally From Hell

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Marc Ambinder and I have written this month's cover story for The Atlantic on Pakistan's perniciousness -- in particular its nuclear perniciousness. There are some scoops in the piece (and some analysis, too!), but rather than tell you about them here, I think you should just read the whole thing.

Okay, here's one: After the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, the Pakistani military, having gained a truer understanding of American special operations capabilities, decided to increase the tempo of their nuclear arsenal dispersal programs, moving around warheads and fissile material at a much greater rate -- often by road, often in lightly-guarded, or not-guarded-at-all, vans and trucks --  in order to keep the weapons away from the prying eyes of the Americans. The Pakistani military -- and here might be one of the oddest things about this very odd and vexed relationship -- is more worried that America will steal its nukes than the many jihadist groups that make Pakistan home.

More to come. You can hear me, by the way, on NPR's Morning Edition this morning talking to Steve Inskeep (who is a Pakistan expert himself) about the piece.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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