Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2014

Die mühsame Suche nach einem neuen Präsidenten

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Die Welt (Germany), 5 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted here on the probability and forms of vote rigging, her experience from the 2009 and 2010 elections and what this says about 2014: "Der Betrug damals ist nicht leicht zu quantifizieren", sagt Martine van Bijlert vom Thinktank Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul. "Aber wenn […]

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Sota l’ombra de Karzai

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El Punt Avui (Girona), 5 April 2014 Pre-election report by the Catalonian newspaper, with long quotes by AAN's Thomas Ruttig: Tot i aquests aires de renovació, el nou president tindrà un gran repte. És l'opinió de Thomas Ruttig, fundador, codirector i analista del think tank independent Afghanistan Analists Network (AAN). “El nou president ha de cobrir les […]

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Elections 2014 (5): Inky Fingers and Wet Feet – Polling Day

Martine van Bijlert

As the polls closed and the counting of votes in Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential elections began, rain was still pouring down in many parts of Afghanistan. Despite the weather, first impressions suggest turnout was good, at least in the cities. Taleban violence was worse than on an average day in early April and their threats kept […]

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Afghan Women Await Poll Results With Hope

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Voice of America, 5 April 2014 Kate Clark, country director at Afghanistan Analysts Network, is quoted here as saying that laws protect an Afghan woman's right to education and employment but that in reality, men still control what a woman can do. "Under the Taliban, women largely couldn't work unless they were in the health professions.  So […]

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Afghanistan election sees heavy turnout despite Taliban warnings

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AP/CBC, 5 April 2014 Thde news agency has a short quote from AAN's Martine van Bijlert on the significance of the 2014 elections:  Martine van Bijlert, co-director of an independent research group called Afghanistan Analysts Network, noted the elections come as the country braces for the withdrawal of international combat troops. "They come at a time when […]

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Under Fire: The status of the 2014 election observation

Thomas Ruttig

Election observers can play a useful role, nudging – both directly and through their governments – Afghan election authorities towards greater transparency and accountability, writes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig. However, this year’s international observer missions have, compared to the elections in 2009 and 2010, shrunk significantly. This is for different reasons, among them organisations’ fear to […]

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Elections 2014 (4): The election day in snapshots from the provinces

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How did election day go? After a first collection of voices from the provinces on the day before the vote (read here), we continued to hear from our friends and from journalists, civil society activists and government officials across the country. We asked them to describe what they saw in terms of voter turnout, atmosphere, fraud – […]

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Nach Karsai ist mit Karsai

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tageszeitung (Berlin), 5 April 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig guest article (in German) reviews President Hamed Karzai's balance and looks at his future influence: "After Karzai is still with Karzai".

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Streitkräfte und Strategien: Präsidentenwahl in Afghanistan

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NDR (German radio), 5 April 2014 Podcast (in German) of NDR's weekly "Forces and Strategies", with an interview with AAN's Thomas Ruttig about the forthcoming Afghan presidential elections. (The interview starts at 17:27.) A long version of the interview is here.  

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The Newfound Political Power of Afghan Youth

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The Atlantic, 5 April 2014 AAN's Borhan Osman quoted on the participation of youth in the presedential election in Afghanistan: "less educated young people in rural areas tend to be "politically inactive," while a growing number of more educated young people in conservative urban areas are flocking to Islamist groups that oppose democracy and elections and […]

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Election 2014 (3): Snapshots from the provinces before the vote

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While the countdown to the vote is nearly finished, the situation ahead of it differs widely in the various parts of the country. Reports from the provinces can convey enthusiasm, insecurity, suspicions of fraud or just resignation. Depending on the person talking to you, they can become extremely detailed mappings of the security situation and […]

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Karzai may have post-poll role — he’ll live next to the palace: Martine van Biljert

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Times of India, 4 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert in a full interview with the India daily on the candidates, the pre-election mood in the country and the challenges facing the winner.  

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