Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: December 2012

Former United States Envoy Returns To Kabul Politics

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Wall Street Journal, 8 December 2012 Zalmay Khalilzad, Afghanistan-born former US ambassador to Kabul and, in 2009, rumoured to have considered a presidential candidacy himself is currently in Kabul: ‘I am here to facilitate an agreement among key personalities and forces on a possible consensus on key issues confronting the country, and the formation of […]

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No More Complaints? The ECC’s Uncertain Fate

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The cabinet of ministers is finally sending its draft electoral law to parliament, and a preview of its content is already proving a bombshell. According to the draft, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is to be replaced by a special court appointed by the Supreme Court. Waiting to see what the future of the ECC […]

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Neues Deutschland (Berlin), 7 December 2012 A portrait of Right Livelihoods Award (the ‘alternative Nobel’) price winner Sima Samar by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German, subscribers only)

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Irgendwo zwischen Chaos und Patronage (not online)

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Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 7 December 2012 Willi Germund, who has occasionally been an AAN author, reviews scenarios for post-2014 Afghanistan. He quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig with concerns about the ‘hugh number of militia units, besides the police’ and with his assessment that ‘the most rosy scenario imaginable’ would be ‘a patronage system in which different faction […]

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Pakistani officials promoting false split in Taliban leadership cadres, again

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Long War Journal, 7 December 2012 The terrorism watch website comments on a recent Reuters exclusive report about a leadership change in the Pakistani Taleban: ‘Dare I say that Pakistani officials are using Reuters and other news agencies as part of a not-so-sophisticated information operation designed to split the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s […]

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11 December 2012, Washington: AAN’s Vendrell and Ruttig at USIP Event

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‘Elections, Reconciliation, and the Final Two Years of Afghanistan’s Transition: Perspectives from the International Community’ is the title of two panel discussions at USIP in Washington DC coming week. From AAN, Francesc Vendrell, chairman of the Advisory Board, and Thomas Ruttig will participate. As the clock winds down on the final two years of Afghanistan’s […]

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U.S. Commandos’ New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater

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Danger Room/Wired, 5 December 2012 ‘U.S. Special Operations Forces have a brand new home in Afghanistan’ writes the security blog Danger Room. It’s owned and operated by the security company formerly known as Blackwater, now called Academi, ‘thanks to a no-bid deal worth $22 million. […] Academi’s private 10-acre compound outside Kabul, called Camp Integrity, […]

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Council of Ministers Removes Election Complaints Commission

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Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission will not only not have any UN-mandated international members, it will cease to exist. This has been decided by the Afghan cabinet. In its place, the highly controversial Special (Elections) Court will be responsible for dealing with election-related complaints. ToloNews, 4 December 2012 Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission will not only not […]

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Afghanistan’s displaced dread the coming winter

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Los Angeles Times, 1 December 2012 An under-reported minority: ‘Afghanistan is home to 460,000 internally displaced people, Afghans who have fled war, strife or famine in other parts of the country. More than 30,000 have settled in illegal camps around Kabul in search of jobs and shelter

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