Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2014

27 January 2014, Berlin: AAN on Public Panel about the German Military in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

On Monday, 27 January 2014, AAN’s Co-Director and Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig will be on a penal discussion in Berlin discussing the the German Protestant Church’s posiiton paper on ethical issues of the German military mission in Afghanistan that will be published on that day, titled: “Blessed Are the Pacificatory – the Mission in Afghanistan: Duties […]

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The Future of Peace Talks: What would make a breakthrough possible?

Borhan Osman

Attempts last year to reconcile the Taleban ended where they had started a year before – stuck in stalemate. Two major developments this year, however, could affect the peace process. The departure of President Hamid Karzai and accession of a new leader in the spring provides an opportunity for rebooting the peace process. At best, […]

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Pakistan ‘behind fatal blast’, say Afghan officials

AAN Team

AFP/The Australian, 21 January 2014 The news agency report about reactions to the Taverna attack quotes from the AAN dispatch: “It was an attack on foreign civilians targeted merely for being foreign, a rare occasion in this Afghan war,” said Afghanistan Analysts Network.”

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Afghan [Zazi Maidan] District Makes Own Peace

AAN

IWPR, 20 January 2014 Residents say a local arrangement governed by "nerkh", part of customary law, has kept the peace in the district "to an extent rare in other parts of the country", IWPR reports. Although Zazi Maidan "shares a border with the restive northwest of Pakistan, people here say they are able to work […]

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Kann Afghanistan nach dem Truppenabzug selbst für seine Sicherheit sorgen?

Thomas Ruttig

MDR Info (German radio), 20 January 2014 After the terrorist attack on Kabul’s Taverna du Liban restaurant, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig answers question on the security situation, role of the ANSF and the Taleban (in German). Go to indicated link, chose MO 20.01., and then 6-9 Uhr, look for the headline nd activate the audio (also podcast […]

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Deadly Kabul attack throws aid work into peril

AAN Team

AFP/The Daily Star, 20 January 2014 This report about the fallout of the Taverna attack in Kabul quotes extensively from AAN’s dispatch: “This was an attack on foreign civilians targeted merely for being foreign – a rare occasion in this Afghan war,” the Afghanistan Analysts Network said in a report released Sunday. “[It] may be […]

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Implications of the Kabul Restaurant Attack

AAN Team

Centre for International Policy Studies (Canada), 19 January 2014 The blog of the Ottawa-based institute picks up, among other sources, AAN’s take on this attack: “The more immediate impact of Friday’s attack will likely be on the civilian international personnel in Afghanistan, as Kate Clark and Christine Roehrs of the Afghan Analysts Network [sic] point out. […]

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Taliban attack on expats in Kabul cafe is likely to accelerate disengagement

AAN Team

Guardian, 19 January 2014 Emma Graham Harrison picks up the jist of AAN’s dispatch on the Taverna attack in her article:”This was an attack on foreign civilians targeted merely for being foreign – a rare occasion in this Afghan war,” the Afghanistan Analysts Network said in a report on the killings. “It is unlikely that an attack […]

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Another Red Line Crossed: The Taverna attack and the killing of foreigners just because they were foreigners (amended)

Christine Roehrs Kate Clark

The attack on the restaurant La Taverna du Liban, a favourite among Afghans and internationals in Kabul, has hit close to home for many working in and on Afghanistan. With 20 Afghans and foreigners killed while having dinner, it was one of the bloodiest and most ruthless strikes of the Taliban in years. This was an […]

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Taliban Attack on Kabul Restaurant Rattles Close-Knit Expat Community

AAN Team

Wall Street Journal, 18 January 2014 “Many foreigners in Kabul were particularly enraged by the fact that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who frequently issues statements to criticize U.S. airstrikes, took some 20 hours to come up with a condemnation of the restaurant attack” claimed by the Taleban writes the leading US daily and quotes Kate Clark, a […]

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Dranbleiben, ehrlich werden: Militär und Entwicklung in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 17 January 2014 In an op-ed commentary on the German military withdrawal and promises to keep up development spending, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig demands transparency as a basis for future strategies. He calls attempts, now taken back, by the German forces to stop giving details about violent incidents an attempt to keep control over […]

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Ein Racheakt, kein Strategiewechsel: Anschlag auf ein Lokal voller Ausländer in Kabul

AAN Team

Deutsche Welle (website), 17 January 2014 In this report about the fatal terrorist attack at a Kabul restaurant, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Adenauer Foundation’s (and AAN author) Nils Woermer ae quoted in unison that this terrorist acts does not represent a change of strategy of the Taleban who have attacked civilians, Afghans and internationals alike, […]

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