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Month: March 2014

The Afghan Report that Could Have Saved the US Billions

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The Fiscal Times, 13 March 2014 In this article, AAN's recent publication of a 1988 USAID report under the title “Retrospective Review of U.S. Assistance to Afghanistan: 1950-1979” is used as a peg for a story about AAN's Thomas Ruttig quoted as saying, turning around former ISAF commander General Eikenberry's famous slogan 'where the road ends the insurgency starts': […]

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Will We Ever Learn? An evaluation of US aid in Afghanistan

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International assistance is coming under ever closer scrutiny. In response, to understand the impact of assistance and ensure transparency and accountability, thousands of project documents are generated, evaluations conducted and reports written. All contain lessons aimed at informing the development of future assistance programmes. With regard to Afghanistan, as 2014 marks the withdrawal of international […]

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Historic Afghan [Buddhist] Sites Face Ruin

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IWPR, 12 March 2014 "In the Shahi Qala area of Surkhrod district [in Nangrahar province,] eastern Afghanistan, half-a-dozen round towers lie scattered at intervals of a few hundred metres. They are Buddhist stupas" built when the area belonged to the Gandhara kingdom, writes the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. But they are crumbling, "as officials […]

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”Regeringen kan ligga bakom mordet på Horner”

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Svenska Dagbladet, 12 March 2014 AAN member and former head of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Anders Fänge, is quoted here, commenting on the assassination of Swedish journalist Nils Horner in Kabuö on 11 May:   Svensk polis har tränat afghansk polis inom ramen för Europol, men Anders Fänge är tveksam till om det har gett någon […]

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Swedish journalist Nils Horner murdered execution-style in Kabul

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The Independent, 11 March 2014 Reportng the assassination of a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul this morning, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted. "Kate Clark of the Kabul-based think-tank, Afghanistan Analysts Network, said it was too early to say if there is a trend for targeting westerners in the city, since the attack was unique and […]

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Afghanistan Loses Unifying Voice With Vice President’s Death

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 11 March 2014 In an obituary for deceased vice president Qasim Fahim, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying: "There will be a hole in the political process around the election because Fahim's place [as leader of the ethnic Tajik minority] is empty, and now the question is who will fill […]

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Endspurt im afghanischen Wahlkampf

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Deutsche Welle, 11 March 2014 In a look at the Afghan pre-election constellation after the Qayyum Karzai campaign joined that of Zalmai Rassul, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted extensively, along other experts: On Dr Abdullah's capacity of mobilisarion: "Abdullahs political camp is dominated by a relatively large number of persons who all have claims for leadership […]

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Afghan Taliban warn voters to stay away from polls, vow to forcefully disrupt elections

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AP/The Republic, 10 March 2014 In this report covering the upcoming Afghan elections, Taleban threats of violence and the impact of the death of vice president Fahim, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted.

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Ghani Hopes Makeover Leads To Afghan Election Victory

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Radio Free Europe/Radio LIberty, 10 March 2014 In this protrait of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, AAN's Kate Clark is quotes as saying: "We've noticed this time that he has embraced his Pashtun and tribal identity," Clark says. "He's hoping that will enable him to reach out to rural Pashtuns because he will present himself as […]

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Afghan vice president Mohammad Qasim Fahim dies, aged 57

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The Independent/Reuters, 9 March 2014 In a report about the demise of Afghanistan’s vice president, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, aged 57, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted:.  Fahim spoke little to the media, said Kate Clark of the Kabul-based think tank Afghanistan Analysts Network, but wielded great influence in closed door meetings. "Karzai, Fahim and the Americans have […]

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Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Afghanistan’s first vice president, dies at 57

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Washington Post, 9 March 2014 The US daily publishes an obituary about the "polarizing leader whose political and military career spanned the Soviet War and the American invasion…, [whose] battlefield experience inspired respect in many, [while] to others he symbolized a new generation of Afghan warlords who profited immensely from his proximity to power and foreign […]

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A War with No End in Sight: The Backlashes Regarding Afghan Women’s Rights

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Oxus Post, 9 March 2014 Autorised republication of Sari Kouvo's AAN dispatch "A War with No End in Sight: The Backlashes Regarding Afghan Women’s Rights".

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