Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2013

Winding Down or in for the Long Haul? The emergence of a new US counter-terrorism strategy

Kate Clark

The great behemoth of US counter-terrorism strategy is shifting. President Barack Obama has said he wants to end the war, not just in Afghanistan, but also, ultimately against al-Qaida. Congress has also been making its first attempts to claw back some of the unprecedented powers it gave the president to wage war when, just after […]

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Elf Jahre Bundeswehr in Afghanistan

AAN Team

Hörzu, 8 July 2013 The German TV magazine quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, in a text accompanying the announcement of a TV film about the German army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan (shown on that day on ARD), answering the question whether the aims of the military mission in Afghanistan have been achieved with a ‘no’. ‘Civilian reconstruction […]

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Jóvenes afganos se manifiestan a favor de Mursi

AAN Team

El Mundo (Spain), 7 July 2013 Mònica Bernabé reports about a pro-Mursi rally by young Afghans in Kabul, and quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the likelihood of a military coup in Afghanistan, on which he replies that this is not very likely and that, if ever came to it, the fragmentation within the armed forces […]

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Watching Warblers: A bird lover’s delight in Kabul

Mark Mallalieu

Did you think the vast, loud and smoggy capital of Afghanistan was the last place to watch birds? Think again. With its parks and gardens, it is an oasis for tired migrants in the otherwise rocky and dry region. Siberian Chiffchaffs, Hume’s Leaf Warblers, Bluethroats, Hoopoes and many more – they all come to rest […]

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Still Temporary and Exclusive: A new leadership for Jamiat

Thomas Ruttig

Jamiat-e Islami, one of Afghanistan’s oldest and largest political parties (and formerly one of its most powerful military factions) has made a half-hearted choice in picking its new leadership. The choice was made by a small group and without holding its long-overdue full party congress, so the new appointments are all temporary. It seems the […]

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Das Türschild ist schon wieder abmontiert (not online)

Thomas Ruttig

Wochenzeitung (Zurich), 4 July 2013 In this article for the Swiss weekly (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks at the controversy about the signboard for the Taleban political office in Qatar that has ended the resumption of direct US-Taleban talks before it started.

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A Giant Arch, a Secret Garden, a Dragon and Myriads of Mud-Coloured Frogs: Our summer travel tips for Bamyan Province

Fabrizio Foschini

Bamyan is one of the most famous places in Afghanistan and has, in the last 12 years, probably received a greater share of visitors than aid. Travelling Bamyan is a treat and a must for everyone, Afghan or foreigner, who is able to arrange transport there – which is not always easy. The start of […]

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Who will Control the 2014 Electoral Process: An update on Afghanistan’s electoral laws

Martine van Bijlert

With only nine months to go to the presidential and provincial council elections in April 2014, the two main laws that determine how Afghanistan’s elections should be conducted are still inching their way through the legislative process. It has been a long and winding road, accompanied by strong emotions and high stakes; this is, after […]

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A ‘Georgian’ Jihad via Youtube? Afghanistan-related video sparks speculations

Diana Janse

The Afghanistan link goes all the way to Georgia – not the US Georgia but the Caucasian Georgia, the post-Soviet republic independent since 1991. As the largest non-Nato contributor, the small country has been paying a heavy toll of lives on the battlefields of Helmand. Its participation to the Afghan mission is now being questioned […]

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Talking to the Taliban: A British perspective

Kate Clark

The deputy commander of ISAF and most senior British soldier in Afghanistan, General Nick Carter, has told The Guardian that, ‘the west should have tried talking to the Taliban a decade ago, after they had just been toppled from power’. AAN Senior Analyst, Kate Clark, who witnessed many of the events of that time, not […]

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