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  • Christine Roehrs Ali Yawar Adili Sayed Asadullah Sadat 11 Sep 2020

    Two Parties Too Wary for Peace? Central questions for talks with the Taleban in Doha

    For the first time, representatives of the Afghan government and the Taleban are coming together, officially and in person, to negotiate power-sharing and peace.  While the start of the talks was somewhat delayed by disagreements on the last prisoners to be released, the negotiating teams in Doha are now ready to go.  But there are big questions […]

  • Ali Yawar Adili 6 Sep 2020

    Peace Leadership: Power struggles, division and an incomplete council

    Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has approved a 46-member Leadership Committee for the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), but criticisms have come in hard and fast from all quarters. The most significant rejection has come from Dr Abdullah Abdullah, who asserts his right under the power-sharing agreement to lead the peace process, including making appointments […]

  • Thomas Ruttig 19 Aug 2020

    AAN Obituary: PDPA leader and poet Sulaiman Layeq (1930-2020)

    Sulaiman Layeq, one of the last surviving founding members of the leftist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), which changed the country’s history with its coup d’état in 1978, has died in late July. In 1992, he even made it to the top of the party, albeit in its final moments. The circumstances of his death […]

  • Kate Clark 16 Aug 2020

    War in Afghanistan in 2020: Just as much violence, but no one wants to talk about it

    As memories of the relative peace of the Eid ul-Adha ceasefire fade and direct talks between the government and the Taleban should be about to begin, it seems a good time to look again at what has been happening in the conflict since the United States and the Taleban signed their agreement on 29 February. […]

  • Thomas Ruttig Ali Yawar Adili Obaid Ali 12 Aug 2020

    Doors Opened for Direct Talks with the Taleban: The results of the Loya Jirga on prisoners and peace

    The three-day Consultative Peace Loya Jirga held in Kabul from 17-19 Asad 1399 (7-9 August 2020) has opened the way for the Afghan government to release a final 400 Taleban prisoners from government jails, thereby removing the last obstacle blocking direct peace talks with the Taleban. The jirga delegates did not question the stark choice the government […]

  • Ehsan Qaane 7 Aug 2020

    To Release, Or Not To Release? Legal questions around Ghani’s consultative loya jirga on Taleban prisoners

    The Consultative Loya Jirga, called by President Ashraf Ghani to decide the fate of 400 Taleban prisoners, and whether they should be released to enable intra-Afghan peace talks, has begun. Ghani has argued that, according to the constitution and the penal code, it was not in his power to release these prisoners and therefore he […]

  • Ali Yawar Adili 5 Aug 2020

    Still Preoccupied by ‘Who Gets What’: 100 days of the new government, but no full cabinet

     More than two and half months since Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah signed their political agreement, and almost five months since the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as president, Afghanistan still has no new cabinet. The list of cabinet nominees remains incomplete and parliament, which has to vote to confirm or reject nominees, has given up […]

#actnearn As usual @AANafgh provides good independent analysis - now of the
Immediate issues at 🇦🇫 peace talks that just started in Doha. https://twitter.com/AANafgh/status/1304751838277832704

“Two Parties Too Wary for Peace? Central questions for talks with the Taleban in Doha | Christine Roehrs, Ali Yawar Adili, Sayed Asadullah Sadat, Afghanistan Analysts Network https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/reports/war-and-peace/two-parties-too-wary-for-peace-central-questions-for-talks-with-the-taleban-in-doha/ @AANafgh

Another great article from ⁦@AANafgh⁩ identifying the structure of the Afghan gov. peace negotiating key elements (High Council for National Reconciliation), some internal political power challenges and the absolute medieval goals of the Taliban. https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/reports/war-and-peace/two-parties-too-wary-for-peace-central-questions-for-talks-with-the-taleban-in-doha/

Our latest @AANafgh's report discusses central questions for the peace talks in Doha as contact groups are setting rules and finalising the agenda for the bilateral substantive talks in coming days.
https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/reports/war-and-peace/two-parties-too-wary-for-peace-central-questions-for-talks-with-the-taleban-in-doha/
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Finally peace talks between Taleban and representatives from Kabul. So, who is sitting at the table, on both sides? Are they really committed? And what are the chances for success? Find the @AANafgh team’s Q&A here https://aan.af/3mdURnu

Only four women on one side – and none on the other: At the start of the peace talks in Doha, @AANafgh has put together a Q&A in order to help with understanding the set-up, the participants, and their respective agendas https://aan.af/3mdURnu

The Taleban seem to be fielding real heavyweights for the peace talks in Doha. And Kabul? @AANafgh in its Q&A ahead of the talks looks at participants, agendas, and changes for success https://aan.af/3mdURnu

The negotiators need to overcome years of bloodshed and deep-seated mutual mistrust as they try to reconcile their competing visions of the future state: In its new Q&A @AANafgh looks at the chances for success of the peace talks with Taleban in Doha https://aan.af/3mdURnu

One side wants a ceasefire, the other state reform. Can Taleban and Kabul team find common ground at the peace talks in Doha? @AANafgh looks at what both sides want – and don’t want to give up https://aan.af/3mdURnu

Finally peace talks between Taleban and representatives of the republic. So, who is sitting at the table, on both sides? Are they really committed? And what are the chances for success? Find the @AANafgh team’s Q&A here: https://aan.af/3mdURnu

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Two Parties Too Wary for Peace? Central questions for talks with the Taleban in Doha

Christine Roehrs Ali Yawar Adili Sayed Asadullah Sadat

For the first time, representatives of the Afghan government and the Taleban are coming together, officially and in person, to negotiate power-sharing and peace.  While the start of the talks was somewhat delayed by disagreements on the last prisoners to be released, the negotiating teams in Doha are now ready to go.  But there are big questions […]

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Peace Leadership: Power struggles, division and an incomplete council

Ali Yawar Adili

Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has approved a 46-member Leadership Committee for the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), but criticisms have come in hard and fast from all quarters. The most significant rejection has come from Dr Abdullah Abdullah, who asserts his right under the power-sharing agreement to lead the peace process, including making appointments […]

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AAN Obituary: PDPA leader and poet Sulaiman Layeq (1930-2020)

Thomas Ruttig

Sulaiman Layeq, one of the last surviving founding members of the leftist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), which changed the country’s history with its coup d’état in 1978, has died in late July. In 1992, he even made it to the top of the party, albeit in its final moments. The circumstances of his death […]

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War in Afghanistan in 2020: Just as much violence, but no one wants to talk about it

Kate Clark

As memories of the relative peace of the Eid ul-Adha ceasefire fade and direct talks between the government and the Taleban should be about to begin, it seems a good time to look again at what has been happening in the conflict since the United States and the Taleban signed their agreement on 29 February. […]

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New special report on Afghanistan’s newest local defence force: Were “all the mistakes of the ALP” turned into ANA-TF safeguards?

Kate Clark

Today, AAN publishes a special report looking at Afghanistan’s newest local defence force, the Afghan National Army Territorial Force (ANA-TF). Set up by presidential decree in February 2018 and funded and supported by NATO’s United States-led Resolute Support mission, it was intended to be a lightly-armed, low-cost, local arm of the ANA which could hold […]

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New special report: ‘Ghosts of the Past: Lessons from Local Force Mobilisation in Afghanistan and Prospects for the Future’

Kate Clark

A major new special report, ‘Ghosts of the Past: Lessons from Local Force Mobilisation in Afghanistan and Prospects for the Future’ looks at what is likely to make a local defence force – such as the Afghan Local Police (ALP) or Afghan National Army Territorial Force (ANA-TF) successful. This research sought to understand what makes some […]

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The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: New special report considers the reasons for inequality, poverty and a failing democracy

Kate Clark

In a new AAN special report, Kate Clark considers the apparent paradox that despite almost two decades of international support to Afghanistan, poverty for most Afghans has deepened. She also explores the gap between the promise of the 2002 Bonn Agreement and 2004 constitution, a multi-ethnic, fully representative government, a democracy with strong checks and […]

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Boys threshing wheat in Ghor province (Adam Pain 2008)

Growing Out Of Poverty? Questioning agricultural policy in Afghanistan

Adam Pain

A new AAN paper seeks to understand why agricultural policy since 2001 has failed to increase production, lift rural Afghans out of poverty or secure their food supply. It finds the answers in the stories agricultural development planners tell themselves about how to ‘modernise’ agriculture, even as they ignore evidence from the field. AAN guest […]

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Thematic Dossier XXVI: Big Tent ‘Democracy’ – Afghanistan’s loya jirgas, 1915 to 2020

AAN Team

The loya jirga – or grand assembly – has been used as a political instrument by almost every Afghan king and president for the last century, with the first held arguably in 1915 and the last, for now, in August 2020. These jirgas typically bring together hundreds, sometimes thousands of delegates from the various ethnic […]

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AAN Dossier XXV: The Quest for Peace in Afghanistan, 2015 to 2020

AAN Team

Any day now, a first diplomatic breakthrough toward peace in Afghanistan is expected: the United States and the Taleban have both announced that they have finalised their negotiations which would exchange withdrawal of the US and other NATO troops from the country for anti-terrorism guarantees from the Taleban. These negotiations started in October 2018 in […]

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Thematic Dossier XXIV: Ten years of reporting on civilian casualties, still no ceasefire

AAN Team

As the Taleban and the United States sit down together again to discuss the possibility of a peace agreement, the issue that appears to be most pressing for Afghans is a ceasefire. Not surprising given that 2019 is likely to be the sixth year in a row when the number of civilians killed and injured […]

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Nad-e Ali poppy farmer

Thematic Dossier XXIII: Afghan drugs – opium, cannabis and meth

AAN Team

Since AAN was established ten years ago, drugs have often featured in our reporting, both directly and indirectly. Drugs and counter-narcotics efforts are not a priority for either Afghan politicians or foreign donors at this time. However, for anyone seeking to understand Afghanistan’s economy, people’s livelihoods and the political economy of elections, appointments and insurgency, […]

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AAN Co-authorship: Article on families during conflict in Central Asia

AAN Team

Acta Via Serica, 1 June 2020 AAN researcher Reza Kazemi has co-authored the article “Family Matters: The Making and Remaking of Family during Conflict Periods in Central Asia” for the peer reviewed journal ” in the June 2020 issue of Acta Via Serica: Journal for Silk Road and Central Asian Studies, published by Keimyung University […]

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Topdara-stupan berättar om det buddistiska arvet

Jelena Bjelica

SCA/SAK, 6 April 2020 Jelena Bjelica’s AAN report, The Largest Standing Stupa in Afghanistan: A short history of the Buddhist site at Topdara, has been translated (and shortened) into a version in Swedish.

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AAN contributes to book on “Education and Development in Afghanistan”

Thomas Ruttig

After years of military interventions, the current situation in Afghanistan is highly ambivalent and partially contradictory – especially regarding the interplay of development, peace, security, education, and economy. Despite numerous initiatives, Afghanistan is still confronted with a poor security and economic condition. This volume investigates the tension between these ambivalent developments. Sociologists, political and cultural […]

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AAN Co-director, Thomas Ruttig discusses 30 years of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan (in German) – March 2019

Thomas Ruttig

AAN Co-director, Thomas Ruttig discusses the 30 years of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan with ARD.  

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