Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2014

For Afghans In Camps, A Harsh Life With No End In Sight

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NPR, 18 March 2014 Excelölent photo-text essay on the life of displaced Afghan in a camp in an old textile mill, Nasaji-ye Bagrami, outside Kabul.

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Dividing the Field: Who shapes the electoral landscape in a Herat township – and how?

S Reza Kazemi

In Herat, elders have divided a township into areas supporting different presidential contenders. They are motivated by financial and other benefits and a desire to end up on the winning side in any case. But they are also divided, mainly along political party lines. This heralds the coming of potentially highly contested presidential and provincial […]

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[Rahim] Wardak pulls out of presidential race

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Pajhwok News Agency, 16 March 2014 Former defence minister Rahim Wardak has said at a press conference he is pulling out of the race but made clear that he does not support, or ask his followers to vote for, a certain other candidate.

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Past Crimes Haunt Afghan Progress

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IPS, 16 March 2014 In the run-up to Afghanistan's presidential elections, "civil society activists in Bamiyan … seem particularly interested in what the presidential candidates have to say about 'transitional justice.'" writes the news agency. The article quotes Sari Kouvo's 2012 AAN dispatch saying that "the favoured strategy of both the Afghan government and the international community […]

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Här flyr Nils Horners misstänkta mördare

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Expressen (Sweden), 16 March 2014 In a follow-up report to the killing of Swedish journalist Nils Horner in Kabul – which contains a CCTV video of the two killers fleeing, on allegedly in a NDS uniform – , AAN's Kate Clark is quoted: "En av de som träffade Nils Horner i Kabul dagen före hans […]

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Photo: Pajhwok Afghan News, 2013

Cure or Curse? Implications of the Kilij mine closure for Bamyan’s security situation

Jalil Benish

As Afghanistan prepares to take full responsibility for security and state functions by the end of 2014, the country’s natural resources are often touted as a major source of future state revenue to substitute for dwindling international aid. There are, however, concerns regarding the ability and willingness of the Afghan government to ensure that extraction is […]

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Minister ruft Wirtschaft zu Hilfe [Neue Afghanistan-Strategie]

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 14 March 2014 (print only) Germany's minister for development has presented his country's post-2014 development strategy which focusses on the north (where German troops have been stationed) and Kabul and five "foci": good governance, economic development, energy, water and education. The strategic paper also emphasises women's rights, democratisation and rule of law. AAN's […]

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External Publication: Einiges besser, nichts wirklich gut (Some things better, nothing really good)

Thomas Ruttig

WeltTrends, January/February 2014 In this German-language article, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig attempts to draw a balance of the twelve years of the US/NATO-led intervention in Afghanistan. Looking at the security situation, the state of the insurgency, achievements and shortcomings in reconstruction, the economy and institution building and at the often-overlooked social situation of the population. He concludes that […]

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26 March 2014, Barcelona: Round Table with AAN on Afghan Elections

Thomas Ruttig

“Afghanistan on the Brink of Change – Or ‘Status Quo Ante’?” is the title of a round table discussion organised and hosted by CIDOB , Barcelona, on Wednesday 26 March 2014, 12:00. Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network will discuss the political and security framework for the upcoming presidential elections, changes since 2009 and what may be […]

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Afghan candidate vows better US ties

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AP/Washington Post, 13 March 2014 In an article introducing presidential candidate Dr Abdullah, AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted: Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the independent research group Afghanistan Analysts Network, said Rassoul is “presenting a ticket of continuity” because of his implied support from Karzai. “Abdullah’s very much seen as a northern candidate and […]

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Afghan presidential election 2014 – your questions answered

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Radio France International, 13 March 2014 Attuning to the Afghan elections, the French radio station answers the following questions: "Who's in with a chance of winning Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election? Will voters be safe? Will it be free and fair? Will it be over when it's over?" And uses AAN material for it: "Armed strongmen – warlords and commanders […]

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Can madrassas help developing countries?

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al-Jazeera, 13 March 2014 Discussing the role of religious schools, AAN's Borhan Osman and AAN author Claudio Franco are quoted on the situation in Afghanistan: Borhan Osman, of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said there was a dichotomy between "modern" and more traditional schools that needed to be addressed. "There is a serious need for reforming the […]

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