Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2010

2010 Elections 26: The IEC between pressure and scrutiny

Martine van Bijlert

The email was sent around today, not long before the planned press conference and not long after an earlier message had announced a delay. “Dear All: The IEC is intent to be more precise in announcement of WJ Elections results, therefore kindly be informed that IEC press conference for announcement of WJ preliminary results [is] […]

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A back somersault in the US strategy: Lower aims, higher risks

Thomas Ruttig

Confronted with a too short timeline (the 2011-14 withdrawal plan), US strategy in Afghanistan is shifting again. In practice this means that political and military targets are ‘adjusted’ further downwards. Progress will be measured by purely quantitative criteria only. As one element of it, the population-centric COIN approach is being been sacrificed in favour of […]

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Afghan Reactions to the High Peace Council

Thomas Ruttig

The establishment of the High Peace Council (HPC) by President Hamed Karzai on 18 September has created a lot of attention. Finally, the competition about who will chair the body has been decided in favour of 1992-96 Interim President Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani. Also, the still missing members have been appointed which let the HPC become […]

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Linda Norgrove: US forces hunting down kidnap group

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Telegraph, 13 October 2010 US forces are tracking down the leadership of the Wahhabi group thought to be responsible for her abduction, Jamaat-ud-Dawa al-Quran wal’Sunnah that had formally joined the Taleban in January this year; with details about the group.

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Who wants peace, needs to get serious about justice

Nader Nadery

The current ineffectiveness in Afghanistan’s justice sector is a legacy of three decades of war and factionalism but not of an historical absence of a formal system of independent adjudication of disputes through courts of law. That it has not been rebuilt, is less due to an inherent inability but to a lack of political […]

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Kandahar mayor’s claim to shopkeeper-occupied land dividing residents

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Washington Post, 12 August 2010 Rajiv Chandrasekaran reports about plans to knock down a bazaar in Kandahar city, next to the Shrine of the Holy Cloak, and build a school instead – land ownership is controversial and has put the mayor against tha bazaaris. ‘U.S. reconstruction advisers lauded his decision’, too early, it seems – […]

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If you want to learn Pashto…

AAN Team

Sean Mann, a research intern at our partner organisation TLO, has put together an online bibliography to Pashto learning materials. It includes textbooks, dictionaries, multimedia, radio, university courses, etc. It is called ‘Pashto Language Resources’ and is hosted on Christian Bleuer’s ‘Afghanistan Analyst’ website – use this link. You can start with the following sentence: کاڼه […]

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Millions of Dollars for One-Year Roads

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Killid Newsletter, 11 October 2010 ‘The millions of dollars spent on constructing roads throughout Afghanistan are often cited as an achievement. The asphalting of 6000 kms of roads […] in the past nine years ought to have transformed the face of the country’ writes author Hamed Kohestani but ‘. That this has not happened is […]

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2010 Election 25: The ECC, one district a time?

Fabrizio Foschini

The Electoral Complaints Commission is there after all. Beyond the criticism it has received, beyond the obscurity which surrounded its recent activities, beyond the fears of it being reduced – after last year’s confrontation – to a rubber-stamp body not willing to pick up a fight with strongmen if needed. The decision to invalidate all […]

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Facts for reconciliation: Human rights documentation needed

Sari Kouvo

Over the past month a rather heated debate has arisen first over the leaked and then over the formally released UN mapping of human rights violations and war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This debate has also drawn attention to other hidden UN gems, most notably to the unreleased UN mapping report […]

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The Battle for Afghanistan: Zabul and Uruzgan

Martine van Bijlert

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 […]

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A Woman’s touch: Engagement teams make inroads with Afghanistan’s female community

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Stars and Stripes, 9 October 2010 A story about US Army Female Engagement Teams in Zabul – with sentences like: ‘Women account for nearly half of all Afghans’ (a male officer says). ‘Engagement teams are an enabler of counter insurgency and comprehensive understanding of the operational environment’ (the same officer). ‘Few women in southern Afghanistan […]

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