Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2014

Elections 2014 (8): Kandahar, a centre-districts divide and the weakening of the tribal factor

Borhan Osman

Election day has already been praised for the high voter turnout and the relatively peaceful atmosphere it went down in. Pictures from Kandahar, a province perceived as notoriously insecure, surprised many, showing men and women lining up in long queues to vote. A look at the micro-level, however, reveals a more nuanced picture. Borhan Osman, […]

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Afghan Candidates Jockey For Position Ahead Of Expected Second Round

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 10 April 2014 Regarding speculations about a power-sharing deal between Afghan presidential candidates before or after a likely second round of elections, AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted: Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, notes that all kinds of scenarios are possible. […]

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Out But Not Down: Afghan Candidates Say They’ll Offer Karzai An Advisory Role

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 9 April 2014 Discussing the post-election role of outgoing President Hamed Karzai, "Kate Clark, a senior analyst at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, says the three front-runners do not want to alienate Karzai. 'Hamid Karzai is by no means a lame duck president, even now,' she says. 'So, regardless […]

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Afghan election commission to decide which votes to count and which not – political analyst

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Voice of Russia, 9 April 2014 Transcript of an interview with AAN's Martine van Bijlert on the counting process, election security, observation and the general lack of population data.

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Elections 2014 (7): An emerging mixed picture

Martine van Bijlert

It is four days after the election. The country is generally still in a good mood after a poll that went much better than expected. At the same time, a more complete picture is emerging and it is, unsurprisingly, mixed. Alongside a robust genuine and determined vote, there are indications of significant irregularities: old patterns of intimidation, ballot-stuffing, and ‘ghost polling stations’ in […]

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A rising number of children are dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land

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Washington Post, 9 April 2014 "As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy: about 800 square miles of land littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells. The military has vacated scores of firing ranges pocked with the explosives. Dozens of children have been killed or wounded as they have […]

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Journalisten in Afghanistan: Recherche mit Risiko

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Tagesspiegel (Berlin), 8 April 2014 AAN's Christine Röhrs writes in her old newspaper: commenting on the attack killing of German photographer Anja Niedringhaus and injuring AP's Kathy Gannon, she writes (in German) that this and other attacks on journalists has deeply influenced how journalists feel they can work in Afghanistan but warns against alarmism: it would […]

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9 April 2014, Berlin: Panel on Afghan Election

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“South Asia in Transition: Elections, political parties and civil society” Joint conference of the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg and Konrad Adenauer Foundation   Time: 9 April 2014, 10.00 – 16.30 (India panel before lunch; Pakistan panel 1:00 pm; Afghanistan panel 2:50pm)   Venue: Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tiergartenstr. 35, Berlin Panellists are: Prof. Baryalai Hakimi Law […]

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Afghanistan presidential elections: large turnout as voters defy Taliban threats to disrupt poll

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ABC Australia, 7 April 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig here with a quote commenting on Afghan election day: Thomas Ruttig, a veteran Afghan watcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, says one aspect of election day that is troubling are reports that many voting booths ran out of ballot papers. "In recent elections have sometimes been the […]

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Complaints of fraud follow Afghan polls

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Deutsche Welle, 7 April 2014 Accusations have to be taken seriously and need to be investigated, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted here as saying: "If electoral fraud really took place, it would be of immense importance to make this known before a possible second round," she said. … "Then the Afghan people have the chance to vote […]

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Afghan election hailed as Taliban threat remains

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AP/Pekin Times, 7 April 2014 Martine van Bijlert, co-director of an independent research group called the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the days ahead would be key to determining if the Taliban failed to disrupt the vote or if they purposefully laid low on due to the heavy security measures. “There’s always the possibility that they decided […]

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Chancen und Illusionen: Afghanistan-Anhörung mit gemischter Zwischenbilanz zu zwölf Jahren ISAF-Einsatz

Thomas Ruttig

Das Parlament, 7 April 2014 The German weekly with specialisation on parliamentary affairs, reports about a public Afghanistan hearing in the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, in which AAN’s Thomas Ruttig was one of the penalists.

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