Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2013

25 October 2013, New York: IPI Panel Discussion on the Afghan elections with AAN’s Martine van Bijlert

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Breakfast Policy Forum: “2014 Elections in Afghanistan: The Political Passage” International Peace Institute, 25 October 2013 at 08:45 EST. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding Afghanistan’s upcoming election. Chair: Maureen Quinn (IPI, Director of Programs) Panel Members: Scott Smith (USIP, Director of the Afghanistan and Central Asia program) Craig Jennesse (UN DPKO, Director of […]

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24 October 2013: Lunch Seminar at Princeton University with AAN’s Martine van Bijlert

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Princeton University Lunch Seminar on “Afghanistan Today, and Looking Forward” Event Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2013 Event Time:  12:00 p.m. Location:  012 Bendheim Hall The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a Crisis Diplomacy lunch seminar on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. Martine van Bijlert, Co-Director of the Afghanistan Analysts […]

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Pluralistic within Limits, but Not Democratic: Afghanistan’s political landscape before the 2014 elections

Thomas Ruttig

A look at the broad variety of (potential) presidential candidates seems to indicate some political pluralism. This is an illusion, however. Afghan analysts have recently argued that President Karzai’s political approach has hampered democratic party-based politics. This is only one side of the coin, argues AAN’s senior analyst Thomas Ruttig. He explains that the other […]

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Afganistán afronta el dilema de dar inmunidad a EE UU o perder su ayuda

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El País, 23 October 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article about the Afghan-US negotiations about the BSA: “El Gobierno afgano tiene autoridad para decidir sobre la inmunidad. Karzai sólo busca protegerse de las críticas”, asegura Thomas Ruttig, codirector del Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). La Loya Jirga, definida en la Constitución como representante […]

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Tödliche Helfer

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Tagesspiegel, 23 October 2013 In an article dealing with German Bundeswehr demands about purchasing drones for Afghanistan, supported by claims that itwould help to reduce civilian casualties, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that he thinks this argument besides the point, with urban and rural areas not clearly distinguishable and lacking capabilities of the military […]

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Monitors protest expulsion of 16 candidates for Afghan president

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Reuters, 23 October 2013 Quoting FEFA and some disqualified candidates protesting against the IEC reduction of the presidential contenders’ field, the report quotes AAN’s Kate Clark from her latest dispatch: Kate Clark, of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the election had started with accusations of serious fraud and a further limitation of choice. “It is not a […]

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Former Taliban Leader’s Release Fails To Revive Peace Talks

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RFE/RL, 22 October 2013 Article with extensive quotes of AAN’s Kate Clark: Kate Clark, a senior analyst at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, says she is not surprised that Baradar’s release has not immediately resulted in peace talks. “What you needed was not only his release but some mechanism or political […]

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And Then They Were Ten: Preliminary final list of presidential candidates out

Kate Clark

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has purged the list of presidential hopefuls for the 2014 election from 27 candidates to 10, saying the rest had failed to meet the criteria for standing. It said they either had second nationalities or had failed to amass enough voter cards to support their candidacy. Those who have been […]

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Out of Power Point Hell: In response to an officer’s tale of quasi-PTSD

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Sunny in Kabul (blog), 19 October 2013 El Snarky deservedly smashing some "Afghan" writing. Some at AAN think it is one of the best satires ever since Jonathan Swift's 1729 A Modest Proposal (For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being A burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public) (http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html). Read yourself, […]

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The Lion Roars Again: BSA, Loya Jirga and a strong sense of déjà vu

Kate Clark

Preparations are underway for the ‘consultative Loya Jirga’ which will meet in a month’s time, as the first step in deciding whether Afghanistan signs a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. The Afghan parliament will then either approve or reject the agreement. All this pushes the decision way past the 31 October deadline […]

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Afghan special forces commando defects to insurgents taking weapons with him

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The Telegraph, 21 October 2013 In an article about the defection of an Afghan special forces officer, an AAN analysis is quoted: Although analysts say the ANA and police have done a professional job in quelling terrorist attacks in Kabul, there are signs that Taliban threats are making it difficult to retain security forces. “The ANA […]

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Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club

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BBC, 21 October 2013 Lyse Doucet's story about Kabul's Mirman (Mrs) Baheer literary society, continuing a tradition of women's poetry from Malalai and Rabia Balkhi: "We take pure and sacred words and express our feelings with those words. But I know my society has this belief that writing poetry is a sin."

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