Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2014

Elections 2014 (6): Two types of security in the Shomali

Fabrizio Foschini

The Shomali plain is the plateau spanning north of Kabul to the Salang. A fertile and comparatively rich area of the country, it also features strong political-armed networks dating back to the mujaheddin time. Fabrizio Foschini came back from observing the election in the Shomali with mixed feelings. The success achieved by Afghan security forces […]

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The Ghost Polls of Afghanistan: Election Day in Afghanistan’s hinterlands

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Harper's Magazine (blog), 7 April 2014 Repiortage from Matt Aikins and Anand Gopal's courageous E-Day trip into Wardak. "At the far limit of Afghan government control", they found a ghost polling station, at the village school of Ambu Khak, protected by a "US-backed" militia.  "A supervisor of the Wardak branch of an independent election-monitoring organization […]

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Trotz Anschlagsgefahr: Afghanistan hat gewählt – “Afghanistan ist [noch] keine Demokratie”

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Domradio (Cologne), 7 Apil 2014 Transcript (in German language) of a live interview of the German camous radio with AAN's Thomas Ruttig about the first impressions of the Afghan E-Day

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Kommentar Wahl in Afghanistan: Verlierer sind die Taliban

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 7 April 2014 Op-ed commentary by AAN's Thomas Ruttig, saying that although the winner of the Afghan presidential election is not known yet, the losers are clear: the Taliban who were unable to make true on their threat to start spectacular actions to disrupt the elections. The election was one of defiance, mainly […]

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Who wants to become Afghanistan’s next president, anyway?

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Stars and Stripes, 4 April 2014 AAN's Kate Clark comments on the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history: “It’s hugely important,” said Kate Clark analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. “Hopefully it will institutionalize the idea that you have political change without assassination, revolution or war.” …  “Fraud is inevitable,” Clark said. Afghans and […]

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Afghan election officials plead for patience as vote count begins

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Los Angeles Times, 6 April 2014 Commenting on early results and turnout of the Afghan elections, AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted as saying:  “It’s a little bit of a rural-urban divide, but it’s more about who controls the area and how free people feel. If the people couldn’t vote but they see the outcome as […]

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Taliban fail to disrupt Afghan elections, but future still uncertain

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Stars and Stripes, 6 April 2014 Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, cautioned against drawing conclusions too early about the effect of the elections on the insurgent group. For starters, she said, it’s unclear if their efforts to disrupt the election were thwarted or if they simply pulled back, waiting for […]

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Leadership in Karzai’s shadow: Afghanistan’s next president to win vote, not total control

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Washington Times, 6 April 2014 This article has a small quote from AAN's Thomas Ruttig pointing out that not everything that did not go well in Afghanistan can be blamed on President Karzai and about Afghan reactions to the US-Afghan spat about the BSA: “Many Afghans were tired of the high-handedness of the West in […]

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Despite efforts to disrupt Afghan elections Taliban didn’t succeed – expert

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Voice of Russia, 6 April 2014 Transcript of an interview broadcast life on the English service of the Russian state broadcaster with AAN's Thomas Ruttig.

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Smooth Afghan election raises questions about Taliban’s strength

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Reuters, 6 April 2014 Debating the reasons for the unexpectedly strong turn-out of voters in the 5 April Afghan elections, the news agency quotes AAN's Borhan Osman: Borhan Osman of the independent Afghan Analysts Network argues that for now the insurgency does not appear to be winning, though the Taliban might argue it has already […]

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Karzai’s legacy may surprise us

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Dawn/Washington Post, 6 April 2014 In an article looking at the legacy of President Hamed Karzai, AAN's Martine van Bijlert requests some more balance: “In the beginning, Karzai was viewed through rose-tinted glasses,” said Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. “Now, there’s a very negative view of him, particularly in the […]

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India’s No. 1 concern about today’s Afghan poll: can the new government survive the Taliban?

Martine van Bijlert

Scroll.in, 5 April 2014 Indian news website quotes a pre-election Tweet by AAN’s Martine van Bijlert: “The pre-election mood in Afghanistan, according to media reports, is positive but edgy. The Afghans seem determined to elect a leader who will bring about economic and political progress in a desperately poor country. “Fraud, insecurity, enthusiasm, defiance, fear– […]

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