Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2014

FP’s Situation Report

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Foreign Policy, 20 August 2014 Foreign Policy’s 20 August situation report quotes extensively from Martine van Bijlert’s AAN dispatch “Solving audit problems by creating new ones”-

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Elections 2014 (45): Solving audit problems by creating new ones

Martine van Bijlert

Afghanistan’s drawn-out election continues to keep a very large number of people very busy. And although there has been progress – both on the political and the technical side – this has mainly been achieved by delaying or isolating key discussion points and contentious decisions. The audit has finally started speeding up, but only after […]

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Last Tango in Kabul

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Rolling Stone, 18 August 2014 Matthieu Aikins looking at how life has been developing for expats, and mainly journalists, in Kabul and how the are influenced by a string of killings. It has quotes from two AAN people, Kate Clark and Borhan Osman: “It’s very easy to kill foreign civilians in Kabul,” says Kate Clark, […]

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Footsloggers, Turncoats and Enforcers: The fight along the eastern border

Fabrizio Foschini

Among the recent wave of large-scale attacks in Afghanistan, several hot spots in the eastern region stand out: Hesarak district in Nangarhar and other nearby districts in the Spin Ghar mountains, Kunar border areas, parts of Laghman and Barg-e Matal district in Nuristan. Fabrizio Foschini has been looking at recent episodes in the conflict in […]

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Kabul cafe is a front line in a war over culture and social mores in Afghanistan



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Washington Post, 15 August 2014 Pam Constable about the strange, almost Taleban-style police raid against Kabul’s Art Cafe and Restaurant, a famous hangout for Kabul’s youth, during which young women and men were harassed and abused – and local protests against it. She points to social tensions as result of modernisation and quotes an Islamic scholar who […]

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Ahmad Zaher or Manga Style? The cutting-edge business of Afghan barbers

Obaid Ali

A young Afghan man’s morning, across the country, often starts with a time-consuming session of arranging his hair. Afghan men are proud of their usually thick, glossy tufts and barbers accordingly make good business providing their style-hungry customers with the latest cuts. This has tradition. A variety of distinct hairstyles can be seen on photographs […]

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In Afghan election dispute, enter the DC lobbyists

Martine van Bijlert

Christian Science Monitor, 14 August 2014 Article on the drawn-out Afghan elections extensively quotes from a recent AAN dispatch by Martine van Bijlert: … as with the first deal, it didn’t take long for the wheels to come off. Martine Van Biljert [sic], a long-time resident of Kabul and researcher of Afghan politics, saw it coming. She […]

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In Afghan election dispute, enter the DC lobbyists

Martine van Bijlert

Christian Science Monitor, 14 August 2014 “But as with the first deal, it didn’t take long for the wheels to come off. Martine Van Biljert, a long-time resident of Kabul and researcher of Afghan politics, saw it coming. She wrote on August 9 that the slow recount process, deteriorating trust between the rival camps, and limited […]

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Elections 2014 (44): Key documents underwriting the electoral agreement

Martine van Bijlert

To provide background to the recent agreement between the two presidential candidates brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry (see here and here), AAN has gathered the texts of relevant statements in one place. These include, first and foremost, the joint declaration agreed and signed by both candidates on 8 August 2014, as well […]

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Why the Afghan election still isn’t over

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Washington Post (blog), 12 August 2014 An AAN dispatch is quoted in this article trying to answer the question in the headline: A report by the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) wrote that “timelines appear to have trumped transparency and rigor.” They conclude, “Interestingly, we have now reached the end of the first round, without a […]

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Trying to Stop the Bases: Another opposition block in the making?

Thomas Ruttig

A political front composed of traditional mujahedin and neo-Islamist groups that oppose any foreign military presence has raised objections to the plan to establish a ‘national unity government’. It rather proposes setting up an ‘inclusive’ government, which would also involve the main insurgent groups, in order to end the war and then to hold fresh […]

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Afghanistan’s marathon presidential election brings country to standstill

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The Guardian, 12 August 2014 In this article, AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini widens the perspective of the still unresolved post-election audit stalemate: “If we can agree that delays, stalemates and obstructionism have been a recurrent theme of this electoral process, it does seem possible that this pattern extends to the political negotiations that will accompany the […]

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