Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2014

Wenn Wählen lebensgefährlich ist

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 3 April 2014 The largest Swiss daily, in a reportage from Kandahar, quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert (from Kabul) as "assuming" that those (in Kandahar) who have profit from the international interventionwill vote for the status quo, i.e. Zalmai Rassul, and the others for Ashraf Ghani". … She also predicts that there […]

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Germany evaluates Afghan war mission

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Press TV (Iran), 3 Apil 2014 See a video with AAN's Thomas Ruttig interviewed after he participated in a public experts hearing at the German Bundestag's foreign affairs committee in Berlin.

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Elections and Foreigners: An analysis of recent Taleban violence

Kate Clark

The Taleban have again warned Afghans not to take part in Saturday’s elections, saying they would be attacking election centres and targeting “all parts of the country”. Earlier they warned they would be using “all force” at their disposal to disrupt the “upcoming sham elections”. Kabul has seen two ‘spectacular’ attacks against election-related targets in the […]

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A New Era? Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Court Women’s Vote

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NPR, 3 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the Afghan women's vote and methods to rig it here: And as … Afghanistan expert Martine Van Bijlert … argue[s], many female voters who do vote don't end up voting for the candidate they personally prefer. "It's not a given actually that women will necessarily […]

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Karzais Wahlpoker

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 3 April 2014 FAZ's Friederike Böge quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert on the reliability of Afghan pre-election polls: „Wähler stimmen nicht unbedingt so ab, wie sie es in Umfragen gesagt haben. Und das Wahlergebnis ist auch nicht so, wie gewählt wurde“, sagt Martine van Bijlert, Ko-Direktorin des Analyseinstituts Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul. [Voters […]

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Afghanistan goes to polls, amidst uncertainty and violence

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Reuters/The Nation (Pakistan), 3 April 2014 Reuters picks a quote from Martine van Bijlert's AAN election primers: "Afghanistan's electoral system is so badly hampered by fraud, insecurity, and institutional weakness that there is no effective way of knowing what the 'true' vote is," the Afghanistan Analysts Network said in a research note this week.   […]

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Afghans largely left to monitor their own election

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Stars and Stripes, 3 April 2014 In this article covering pre-election violence and western attitudes, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted: “International powers have said in private to various candidates that if it is a stolen election, there’s a lot of things that won’t get paid for,” said Kate Clark, an analyst with the Afghanistan Analysts Network. […]

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Wenn Doktoren mit Kriegsherren paktieren (not online)

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Wochenzeitung (Zurich), 3 April 2014 Article (in German) by AAN's Thomas Ruttig looking ahead to the Afghan elections: "eight candidates, surpising alliances, Karzai will maintain influence".

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Le seigneur de Kaboul: Candidat à la présidence, Abdul Rassul Sayyaf

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Le Point, 3 April 2014 A long portrait of warlord and presidential candidate Sayyaf by Emmanuel Derville (through his blog; not online with Le Point). Included quotes by AAN's Thomas Ruttig: « Sayyaf a vraiment eu peur après la chute des talibans en novembre 2001, explique l’universitaire Thomas Ruttig, qui dirige l’Afghanistan Analysts Network, un centre […]

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Afghan Youth for Democracy? Not all of them

Borhan Osman

Many observers are looking with hope at the progress in terms of education of Afghan youth and often describe it as a safeguard of democracy during the political transitions ahead. This, however, means painting Afghan youth with an all–too-broad brush and closing eyes to undercurrents that try to undermine further democratisation, says AAN’s Borhan Osman. […]

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La alargada sombra de Karzai

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El Mundo (Spain), 2 April 2014 The Spanish daily's Afghanistan correspondent Mònica Bernabé quotes AAN's Thomas Ruttig on the upcoming elections:  "Karzai pretende jugar un rol clave, como si fuera el padre de la patria. Tal vez un enviado especial por la paz. De ahí su insistencia en abrir un canal a los talibán como condición para […]

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