Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2013

Afghan election prospects…not good

AAN Team

Afghan Hindsight (blog), 7 October 2013 Blog refers to recent piece by AAN: “The Afghanistan Analysts Network have an important and worrying piece out that highlights the likely problems of the coming Afghan presidential election by reminding us of all the previous electoral problems since 2004 and the fact that none of them really appear […]

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Kundus nach Bundeswehr-Abzug: “Wir dürfen Afghanistan nicht fallen lassen”

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Berliner Zeitung, 7 October 2013 Short interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, drawing a balance of the German mission in northeastern Afghanistan (in German). Thomas says that the mission was not meaningless, but the expected outcome was not met, particularly in democratising Afghanistan, and that the over-emphasis on the military conflict hampered the civilian reconstruction, leading […]

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Übergabe mit Risiko: Deutsche ziehen aus Kundus ab

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Tagesspiegel, 7 Oktober 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and the AAN dossier on Afghan elections are quoted in a number of articles in the Berlin daily focussing on the hand-over of the German PRT in Kunduz to the ANSF. Thomas, commenting on the security situation, is quoted as saying that “the situation in the country is still […]

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Warlords and politicians rush to register for Afghanistan presidential election

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The Telegraph, 6 October 2013 Article quotes AAN’s recent analysis on the upcoming elections: A paper published by the Afghanistan Analysts Network at the weekend described a sense of déjà vu, adding that lessons learned from previous elections had not been implemented. “And, most wearyingly, the ever-recurring myopic sense of optimism that this election will […]

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The Last Minute Frenzy of Afghanistan’s Candidate Registration

Martine van Bijlert

The registration for Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential election continued until the very late hours of 6 October 2013. Although it was to be expected that the political horse-trading and deal-making would continue until the last minute, the scramble that finally ensued took everybody by surprise and mixed up all electoral alliances that had been forged in the weeks before. The AAN team […]

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Final deals cut as Afghan election candidates rush to register

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Business Recorder/AFP, 6 October 2013 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert is quoted in this report about the registration of Afghan presidential candidates closing today as predicting a repeat of the fraud, low turnout, violence and contested results that have mired previous votes. “A myopic sense of optimism (exists) that this election will somehow be better than the previous […]

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Thematic Dossier III: What Past Elections Teach Us

Martine van Bijlert

Afghanistan is getting ready for its fifth election in ten years. For those who have gone through the previous rounds there is an immense sense of déjà vu. So before embarking on a new round of intense reporting, we decided to look back at the work already done – most of which is as relevant now, as […]

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Repeating Old Warnings: Brace yourselves, the elections are going to be quite a ride

Martine van Bijlert

Afghanistan is readying itself for its fifth election in ten years. For those who have gone through the previous rounds there is an immense sense of déjà vu: the preparations and technical discussions, the excitement surrounding the politicking, the questions asked too early (who are the frontrunners?), the attempts of international policymakers to make sense […]

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Karzai Is Planning to Be There for a Successor. Right There.

AAN Team

New York Times, 5 October 2013 An AAN dispatch by Kate Clark and Gran Hewad is quoted in this article looking at President Karzai’s post-election plans by Matthew Rosenberg. He reports about the compound built for the outgoing president within the larger Arq area, looks at patronage networks and quotes former IEC chief Manawi (“no fan of Karzai”) […]

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Pakistan army chief Kayani tipped to get new powerful job on retirement: sources

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Reuters, 4 October 2013 General Ashfaq Kayani, Pakistan's army chief to step down next month, is likely to become "head of a revamped and more powerful Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC)", the news agency reports. "One senior [Pakistani] intelligence official said [Prime Minister Nawaz] Sharif planned to overhaul the JCSC, a largely ceremonial office, […]

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The ‘Other Guantanamo’ 7: Foreigners in limbo at Bagram

Kate Clark

When wars end, military detainees have to be released. Yet at the end of 2014 when President Obama has said the war in Afghanistan will “come to an end”, it is still completely unclear what will happen to the more than 60 non-Afghans held by the United States military at Bagram Airbase. Most were detained […]

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2009 runner-up Abdullah enters Afghan presidential race

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AFP/Khaleej Times, 1 October 2013 In an article about former foreign minister Dr Abdullah running for president, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig’s is quoted with a comment: “Doctor Abdullah will be one of the front-runners. He has a strong ticket, but how strong can only be judged in relation to other candidates, and we do not know […]

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