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 [...]
Author Archives: Thomas Ruttig
ABC Australia, 7 April 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig here with a quote commenting on Afghan election day: Thomas Ruttig, a veteran Afghan watcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, says one aspect of election day that is troubling are reports that many voting booths ran out of ballot papers. "In recent elections have sometimes been the [...]
Domradio (Cologne), 7 Apil 2014 Transcript (in German language) of a live interview of the German camous radio with AAN's Thomas Ruttig about the first impressions of the Afghan E-Day
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 [...]
Voice of Russia, 6 April 2014 Transcript of an interview broadcast life on the English service of the Russian state broadcaster with AAN's Thomas Ruttig.
Washington Times, 6 April 2014 This article has a small quote from AAN's Thomas Ruttig pointing out that not everything that did not go well in Afghanistan can be blamed on President Karzai and about Afghan reactions to the US-Afghan spat about the BSA: “Many Afghans were tired of the high-handedness of the West in [...]
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 [...]
NDR (German radio), 5 April 2014 Podcast (in German) of NDR's weekly "Forces and Strategies", with an interview with AAN's Thomas Ruttig about the forthcoming Afghan presidential elections. (The interview starts at 17:27.) A long version of the interview is here.
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 [...]
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".