Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: February 2011

A Tahrir Effect in Kabul?

Thomas Ruttig

Tunis, Cairo. Mass demonstrations in Sanaa, Amman and Algiers, smaller ones in Damascus, Nouakschott and Khartum. Even in Azerbaijan people started protesting after they realized that they had a Mubarak statue in the Azeri-Egyptian Friendship Park in their capital Baku. Many people have been asking: Is this the fifth wave of democratization now? And some […]

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Political Theatre around PRTs

Barbara Stapleton

President Hamed Karzai wants to close down the PRTs and some other unspecified ‘unnecessary international institutions’ the presence of which he sees as ‘major barriers against our efforts for state building'(*). This is what he said when opening the newly elected Afghan parliament on 26 January. He repeated this at his 6 February speech at […]

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AAN Reads: The Great Talqaida Myth

Thomas Ruttig

Al-Qaida and the Taleban are basically the same, they are fanatical Islamist extremists who hate the West and are an imminent danger for all of us. This, at least, is what one influential school of terrorism experts says – which informs the latest US policy on Afghanistan which, on paper, concentrates on ‘disrupting’ al-Qaida while, […]

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Wolesi Jirga, Next Movement: Andantino con Blackout (amended)

Fabrizio Foschini

Another two inconclusive sessions – when it comes to the election of the speaker – of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House in Kabul, have been held over the Western weekend. But they were worth following, nevertheless, since they brought interesting, ‘anti-authoritarian’ decisions: new candidates will run and not the two main contenders, Sayyaf and […]

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The Terrible F-Word

Mario Ragazzi

Remind me who had said this 😉 that failure is no option. Or is it? At least the European Parliament thinks so and has said it in a recent resolution – that the international strategy in Afghanistan has failed? Our frequent reader and today’s guest blogger Mario Ragazzi(*) has asked himself what we mean when […]

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In Eastern Afghanistan, at War With the Taliban’s Shadowy Rule


New York Times, 6 February 2011 A very detailed rendering of how the Taleban’s shadow government works in Ghazni’s Andar district, including tax collection and intelligence gathering.

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Lower House speaker election: Intermezzo of the Surprise Candidates

Fabrizio Foschini Gran Hewad

As widely predicted, also the second attempt to elect a speaker of the newly inaugurated Wolesi Jirga that took place on Wednesday did not give any decisive result. Afghanistan’s lower house now has held already its first four sessions without being able to do so. AAN’s Gran Hewad and Fabrizio Foschini have attended the meeting […]

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AAN In The Media – February 2011


Afghan parliament elects ex-warlord as speaker Reuters, 27 February 2011 AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini comments on the election of the Parliamentary speaker, saying that although his election resolves the most immediate impasse, parliament continues to face “internal problems and external manipulation,” Taliban in PR Scramble After Attacks  Wall Street Journal, 26 February 2011 Article quotes AAN’s […]

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