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  • Bilal Sediqi 25 Jan 2021

    Living with the Taleban (3): Local experiences in Dasht-e Archi district, Kunduz province

    In our third study exploring Taleban rule in territories under their control, AAN looks at Dasht-e Archi district in Kunduz province. The intra-Afghan talks in Doha may presage an Afghan state with key positions held by the Taleban. At the very least, the pattern of the Taleban controlling particular localities is likely to continue. In this […]

  • Thomas Ruttig 20 Jan 2021

    AAN Obituary: Muhammad Azam Rahnaward Zaryab, pioneering Afghan writer and guardian of the Persian language

    One of Afghanistan’s most influential and prolific writers died in a Kabul hospital 40 days ago on 11 December 2020. Born in Kabul in 1944, Zaryab wrote some of the first modern Afghan novels, and his contributions to Afghanistan’s literature inspired a new generation of Afghan writers. In Afghanistan’s post-Taleban media scene, the celebrated author […]

  • AAN Guests 18 Jan 2021

    Living with the Taleban (2): Local experiences in Nad Ali district, Helmand province

    What is it like to live in an area controlled by the Taleban? How does their rule affect your life and can you influence what they do? To answer these questions, we embarked on a research project scrutinising three districts in depth, looking at the local dynamics of citizen/Taleban interactions, the structure of Taleban government and whether local […]

  • Kate Clark 7 Jan 2021

    AAN’s most-read dispatches in 2020: Cannabis, Bollywood, Bride Prices… and War

    2020 was a year when our readers wanted to read about the war and efforts to find peace and Afghanistan’s culture and history. Reports scrutinising the Doha talks and mapping the conflict appeared in our twenty most-read publications last year, along with others looking at Afghanistan’s history, its relationship with Bollywood and practices around getting married and […]

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    Jelena Bjelica 5 Jan 2021

    Shrinking, Thinning, Retreating: Afghan glaciers under threat from climate change

    Lying high up in Afghanistan’s highest mountains, hidden from most human eyes, are almost 4,000 glaciers, according to the first comprehensive Afghan glacier database. These glaciers are of critical importance for Afghans for supplying water for drinking and irrigation. Yet research shows Afghanistan’s glaciers are melting. Almost 14 per cent of the total area of […]

  • Ali Yawar Adili 3 Jan 2021

    Intra-Afghan Talks (1): Rules of procedure agreed, but still no agenda as talks resume

    The second round of intra-Afghan negotiations – as they are officially called – is scheduled to begin in two days time, on 5 January 2021, in Doha. The first round ended on 14 December after three months of talks. During that time, the teams managed only to agree on the rules of procedure for the […]

  • Kate Clark 29 Dec 2020

    From Tazi to Afghan Hound… from hunter’s friend to silken-haired pet

    Winter is the time when Afghan hunters go up into the snowy mountains with their dogs, known as tazis. These are lean, graceful creatures who use speed and keen sight to catch their prey. To the outside world, they became known as the ‘Afghan hound’ after officers in the British colonial army brought individual dogs to London a […]

This week's Editor's Choice reports from the archives:
Covid-19 in Afghanistan (8): The political economy repercussions of Covid-19 and the aid response https://aan.af/3drCLue

A Maelstrom of Militias: Takhar, a case study of strongmen co-opting the ALP
https://aan.af/32JESSY

A reminder that the closing date for this is tomorrow:
AAN is seeking to recruit a new staff member for the position of Editor/Analyst.
https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/about-aan/vacancies-and-procurement/

The great folks at @AANafgh have an excellent 3 part research series titled 'Living with the Taliban', exploring how the Taliban rule, and the impact of that rule on residents. This is very good, and critical work. Highly recommended. https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/reports/war-and-peace/living-with-the-taleban-1-local-experiences-in-andar-district-ghazni-province/

here part 3 of our mini-series, "Living with the #Taleban", fromdasht-e archi district, #Kunduz province.
part 2: nadali, #Helmand:
https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/reports/war-and-peace/living-with-the-taleban-2-local-experiences-in-nad-ali-district-helmand-province/
part 1: andar, #Ghazni:
https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/reports/war-and-peace/living-with-the-taleban-1-local-experiences-in-andar-district-ghazni-province/ https://twitter.com/AANafgh/status/1353500381968556033

Our study of living with the Taleban in Dasht-e Archi "points to a resourcefulness in how Taleban power is exercised, legitimised, managed and sustained" using implicit pressure, the generation of outright fear and a degree of pragmatism and compromise.
https://aan.af/368hu6e

Assisted by local mosque leaders, Taleban commanders and fighters exert implicit pressure on the population to provide them with food and other essentials, eg firewood in the winter...
Third in our Living with the Taleban series considers Dasht-e Archi.
https://aan.af/368hu6e

Third in our 'Living with the Taleban' looks at life for civilians in Dasht-e Archi, Kunduz, a district which also serves as a major organisational hub for the Taleban, with their regional military commander and a high court based there.
https://aan.af/368hu6e

Whether intra-Afghan talks presage a state with Taleban in key positions or the movement continues to control certain localities, we thought it important to look at what Taleban rule is like to live under now: our third case study – Dasht-e Archi, Kunduz.
https://aan.af/368hu6e

In our last study of what it is like to live under Taleban rule, we consider the district of Dasht-e Archi in Afghanistan's far northern Kunduz province.
https://aan.af/368hu6e

other latest @AANafgh and @AANdaripashto:
* book review '750 ys of afghan history'
https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/dari-pashto/reports/political-landscape/د-افغانانو-د-۷۵%DB%B0-کلونو-تاریخ-ته-یوه-کتنه/
* Living with the Taleban (2):Nad Ali, #Helmand
https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/en/reports/war-and-peace/living-with-the-taleban-2-local-experiences-in-nad-ali-district-helmand-province/
--> soon to come: part 3, dasht-e archi, #Kunduz

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Living with the Taleban (3): Local experiences in Dasht-e Archi district, Kunduz province

Bilal Sediqi

In our third study exploring Taleban rule in territories under their control, AAN looks at Dasht-e Archi district in Kunduz province. The intra-Afghan talks in Doha may presage an Afghan state with key positions held by the Taleban. At the very least, the pattern of the Taleban controlling particular localities is likely to continue. In this […]

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AAN Obituary: Muhammad Azam Rahnaward Zaryab, pioneering Afghan writer and guardian of the Persian language

Thomas Ruttig

One of Afghanistan’s most influential and prolific writers died in a Kabul hospital 40 days ago on 11 December 2020. Born in Kabul in 1944, Zaryab wrote some of the first modern Afghan novels, and his contributions to Afghanistan’s literature inspired a new generation of Afghan writers. In Afghanistan’s post-Taleban media scene, the celebrated author […]

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Living with the Taleban (2): Local experiences in Nad Ali district, Helmand province

AAN Guests

What is it like to live in an area controlled by the Taleban? How does their rule affect your life and can you influence what they do? To answer these questions, we embarked on a research project scrutinising three districts in depth, looking at the local dynamics of citizen/Taleban interactions, the structure of Taleban government and whether local […]

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AAN’s most-read dispatches in 2020: Cannabis, Bollywood, Bride Prices… and War

Kate Clark

2020 was a year when our readers wanted to read about the war and efforts to find peace and Afghanistan’s culture and history. Reports scrutinising the Doha talks and mapping the conflict appeared in our twenty most-read publications last year, along with others looking at Afghanistan’s history, its relationship with Bollywood and practices around getting married and […]

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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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With intermittent fighting and rocket attacks throughout the day, election workers in the Awal Baba school voting centre in Maidan Shahr, had little work to do. Photo: Andrew Quilty, 2019.

Thematic Dossier XXVII: Afghanistan’s contested 2019 presidential election and its aftermath

AAN Team

A year on from Afghanistan’s fourth presidential poll since the fall of the Taleban regime, AAN is publishing all our reporting on the election and its aftermath in a new dossier. Our 37 AAN reports comprise coverage of the run-up to the election; on-the-day reporting; analysis of the controversies over counting, verifying and announcing the result, including our […]

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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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Konfliktporträt Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 29 September 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig has been writing a ‘conflict portrait’ of Afghanistan for the website of the German Federal Centre for Political Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, bpb) for several years now. the bpb is a major source for teachers and school students. Here is the latest version, update […]

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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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