Yearly Archives: 2010

The Battle for Afghanistan: Zabul and Uruzgan

Martine van Bijlert, New America Foundation, September/October 2010 The paper by AAN’s Martine van Bijlert is part of a NAF series on Conflict and Militancy. It explores and compares the origin and evolution of the Taleban networks in Uruzgan and Zabul. The study is based on several hundred interviews by the author over the course […]

Who Controls the Vote? Afghanistan’s Evolving Elections

AAN’s latest report, by Martine van Bijlert, provides the first in-depth analysis of the 2009 provincial council elections and presents important clues on what the parliamentary vote on 18 September will look like. It argues that, contrary to what some internationals hope, the upcoming vote will again be messy, fiercely contested and manipulated at all […]

Afghanistans Parlamentswahl 2010: Verpasste Wahlrechtsreformen und politische Manöver schwächen neues Parlament

Citha D. Maass and Thomas Ruttig: Afghanistan’s 2010 Parliamentary Vote – Missed Chances for Electoral Reform and Political Manoeuvring Weaken the New Parliament, SWP-Aktuell 2010/A 66, September 2010 An analysis (in German) of the situation before the 18 September Afghan parliamentary vote, of missed chances for election reform and a resulting weak judicial framework for […]

Organisationsstrukturen der Taliban (Organisational Structures of the [Afghan] Taleban) Militanter Islamismus – Strukturen und Ziele der Taliban (Militant Islamism – Structures and Aims of the [Pakistani] Taleban)

Thomas Ruttig, in: Bernhard Chiari, Conrad Schetter (Hrsg.): Wegweiser zur Geschichte Pakistan, Paderborn u.a. 2010 (in German). An overview over the Pakistani Taleban movement – origins, structures, aims. Available as PDF download, free-of-charge, see below: Militanter Islamismus – Strukturen und Ziele der Taliban (Militant Islamism – Structures and Aims of the [Pakistani] Taleban)

Aus Bündnistreue zur Sowjetunion: Eine kurze Suche nach der DDR-Entwicklungszusammenarbeit mit Afghanistan und den Spuren, die sie hinterlassen hat

Thomas Ruttig, in: T. Kunze/T. Vogel (eds.), Ostalgie international: Erinnerungen an die DDR von Nicaragua bis Vietnam, Christoph Links Verlag, Berlin, 2010. In Loyalty to the USSR: A short quest for GDR development cooperation with Afghanistan and the traces it left: Chapter in an anthology about the GDR – i.e. East German – engagement in […]

How Tribal Are the Taleban? Afghanistan’s Largest Insurgent Movement between its Tribal Roots and Islamist Ideology

The Taleban in Afghanistan should be treated as a primarily political movement with political aims, and not as a tribal one, concludes Thomas Ruttig, author of the new report ‘How Tribal Are the Taleban? Afghanistan’s Largest Insurgent Movement between Tribal Roots and Islamist Ideology,’ published today by AAN. Today’s Taleban movement has a double nature, […]

Local Defence in Afghanistan: A Review of Government-backed Initiatives

In this latest AAN report, Mathieu Lefèvre unpacks the myths about local defense initiatives in Afghanistan. His analysis of three local defense initiatives shows the contradictions in the claimed successes and points at possible long-term security challenges posed by these initiatives. In this report, Mathieu Lefèvre analyses three local defense initiatives in Afghanistan: The Afghanistan […]