Author Archives: Thomas Ruttig

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Can the Taliban make a comeback?

Deutsche Welle, 16 April 2014 AAN's Kate Clark is quoted here with a look at the internal evolution of the Taleban: Afghanistan expert Kate Clark believes the Taliban, in many ways, behave much worse as a fighting force in opposition than they did while in power. "They were an organized, largely disciplined force, although one which [...]

Kommentar Wahl in Afghanistan: Verlierer sind die Taliban

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 7 April 2014 Op-ed commentary by AAN's Thomas Ruttig, saying that although the winner of the Afghan presidential election is not known yet, the losers are clear: the Taliban who were unable to make true on their threat to start spectacular actions to disrupt the elections. The election was one of defiance, mainly [...]

Sota l’ombra de Karzai

El Punt Avui (Girona), 5 April 2014 Pre-election report by the Catalonian newspaper, with long quotes by AAN's Thomas Ruttig: Tot i aquests aires de renovació, el nou president tindrà un gran repte. És l'opinió de Thomas Ruttig, fundador, codirector i analista del think tank independent Afghanistan Analists Network (AAN). “El nou president ha de cobrir les [...]

Under Fire: The status of the 2014 election observation

Election observers can play a useful role, nudging – both directly and through their governments – Afghan election authorities towards greater transparency and accountability, writes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig. However, this year’s international observer missions have, compared to the elections in 2009 and 2010, shrunk significantly. This is for different reasons, among them organisations’ fear to [...]

Nach Karsai ist mit Karsai

tageszeitung (Berlin), 5 April 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig guest article (in German) reviews President Hamed Karzai's balance and looks at his future influence: "After Karzai is still with Karzai".

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