Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: June 2009

Germans at the Front

Thomas Ruttig

“It couldn’t have come worse. It is mid-August 2009. American pilots bomb an Afghan village, many women and children die. The target for the attack was provided by the Germans.” [The German parliament is currently in the decision-making process about sending AWACS surveillance planes to Afghanistan.] “Two days later, three German Bundeswehr soldiers publicly brag […]

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Imaginary Institutions; State Building in Afghanistan

Martine van Bijlert

Martine van Bijlert, In: Doing Good or Doing Better? Development Policies in a Globalising World. The Hague: WRR/Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy. June 2009. The paper “Imaginary Institutions; State Building in Afghanistan” is available as chapter 7 here.

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Theatre about conflict – and how we all have to relate to it

Sari Kouvo

Mid-June, I had the opportunity see the revival performance of a play entitled ‘AH 7808’ that toured most Afghan regional capitals in 2008. The play is an adaptation of an Irish script addressing conflict and each individual’s responsibility to overcome it. Through the play, the audience gets to take part in one man’s struggle to […]

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A few thoughts on the UN Human Rights Council and its review of the Afghan government’s periodic report

Sari Kouvo

On 7 May 2009, the Afghan government presented its first report to the UN Human Rights Council. If I am rightly informed, the Afghan government received around one hundred recommendations that should be discussed, refused or adopted. If adopted, the Afghan government should by the time of the next review show if and how it […]

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June 2009: Conference on Governance in Istanbul

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In late June, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig participated in the conference ‘Fundamentals of Governance in Afghanistan’ organized by The Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) in Istanbul (Turkey). A conference report can be found under: Here

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Presentation on the Policies Surrounding Senior Subnational Appointments

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On 10 June 2009 Martine van Bijlert presented the findings of her AREU Briefing Paper on the policies surrounding provincial governor and district administrator appointments. The presentation, which took place at the AREU office in Kabul, was attended by diplomats, policy makers, researchers and Afghan government officials. To learn more about the Afghanistan Research and […]

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Teeth, flowers and another tale of violence

Martine van Bijlert

Every day in Afghanistan is full of stories. Most of them with a fair share of bad luck and wry humour and usually quite a bit of violence. This story is about – let’s call him Hamidullah. Hamidullah comes from a place not far from Kabul. It is commander country. In the past he fought under […]

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Presentation on Transitional Justice and Rule of Law

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On 5 June 2009 Sari Kouvo made a presentation at the Conference ‘Transitional Justice and Rule of Law: Institutional Design and the Changing Normative Structure of Post-Authoritarian Societies’ in Brussels. The presentation, which focused on the link between past and present impunity, will probably be turned into a chapter in one of the upcoming volumes […]

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Presentation at EC Conference ‘Making the Difference? Strengthening Capacities to Respond to Crisis and Security Threats’, Brussels.

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On 3 June 2009 Sari Kouvo participated in the panel discussion ‘Afghanistan at the Crossroads: Military, Civilian and Diplomatic Options’, as part of the European Commission’s conference on international crisis’ responses. The discussion focused on the challenges to state-building in Afghanistan, including the consequences of a compromised election process and the lack of institution-building. Sari […]

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AAN In The Media – June 2009

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War or Help for Reconstruction? The Bundeswehr Mission in Afghanistan. WDR 5 (Western German Radio, Cologne area), 25 June 2009 Thomas Ruttig is interviewed about the German involvement in Afghanistan (podcast, in German).

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