Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: November 2014

Frauenrechte in Afghanistan: Anlass zur Hoffnung

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Qantara.de, 10 November 2014 The German website specialised on the Middle East draws a balance on women’s rights in Afghanistan after the 2001 international intervention and quotes extensively from papers written by AAN co-director Sari Kouvo: “Die Strafverfolgungsbehörden griffen häufig zum Instrument der Schlichtung, anstatt die vorhandenen gesetzlichen Möglichkeiten zum Schutz der Frauen auszuschöpfen, sagen […]

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Handing Over Alive: Whither Afghanistan’s political transition?

Thomas Ruttig

When President Hamed Karzai left office after the completion of his two constitutional terms and handed over to President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani, as he now officially prefers to be called, this was widely called the ‘first peaceful political transition’ – read: without violence or the head of state being immediately killed – in a very […]

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Ирек Хамидуллин, или как не стать марионеткой в руках США

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Kazanfirst.ru, 7 November 2014 The report about the Russian Guantanamo inmate Hamidullin on this Russian website from the city of Kazan (possibly the origin of H.) refers to AAN reporting on the case: Как сообщает портал Afghanistan Analysts Network, решение о рассмотрении дела Ирека Хамидуллина непосредственно в самих Соединенных Штатах было принято администрацией Барака Обамы. […]

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The men of the Heart of Asia process at their Beijing meeting. Photo: Pajhwok

More bilateral than multilateral effects: The Afghanistan conference in China

S Reza Kazemi

The fourth foreign ministerial conference of the Afghanistan-centred Heart of Asia/Istanbul process in Beijing on 31 October 2014 demonstrated a lack of progress in the regional cooperation in many respects, from its organisation to the funding. Nevertheless, it produced a few, rather mixed, results. These include, at a minimum, developments in Sino-Afghan relations and in Sino-American […]

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Visiting an Afghan Hospital Overwhelmed by War

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Vice, 4 November 2014 “The hospital is run by Emergency, one of the best NGOs I have ever encountered. It was a normal facility before foreign troops were deployed here, but it has since become a trauma unit, treating nothing but severe war injuries. The hospital and its staff are operating at full capacity. Every […]

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Afghanistan Spezial: die ISAF-Mission und die Zukunft des Landes

Thomas Ruttig

Bundeswehr.de, 4 November 2014 The official website of the German armed forces produced an “Afghanistan Special”, on the occasion of the near end of the ISAF mission. It interviewed AAN’s Thomas Ruttig – asking him to describe Afghanistan (a challenge) and  draw a balance of the ISAF mission (in German, with some photos).

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Afghan Deportees Return To Shattered Lives

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Gandhara blog (RFE/RL), 4 November 2014 Our former colleague and author Seyyed Reza Kazemi quoted again in this heart-breaking article about the an Afghan asylum seeker deported by Australia and hiding in Kabul now, with a link to his latest AAN dispatch: Sayed Reza Kazemi, an Afghan scholar at Heidelberg University in Germany, says his recent […]

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27 Nov 2014: “Afghanistan – Leap in the Dark” (AAN in Dessau, Germany)

Thomas Ruttig

This is the title of a public presentation by AAN Co-Director Thomas Ruttig that will take place on 27 November 2014 in Dessau (Germany). „Nothing is good in Afghanistan.“ With this sentence in her New Year’s sermon for 2010 then chairperson of the Council oft he Evangelical Church in Germany, Margot Käßmann, triggered a harsh […]

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Return Duo Wanted in Kabul Bank Fraud: Afghanistan

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Indian Express, 3 November 2014 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert is quoted in this article about President Ghani’s re-upping of the Kabul Bank fraud case: Speaking to Express, Martine Van Bijlert co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network said that the announcement of the probe was an important symbolic act for President Ghani to focus on Kabul Bank […]

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Unheard Stories of Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Lundagard, 3 November 2014 The students newspaper of Lund University in Sweden summarises a presentation by Thomas Ruttig (and an earlier one by Amrullah Saleh) about the current situation in Afghanistan and concentrates on the issue of education.

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A new Afghan Shia Leader: Return to quietism versus political Islam?

Qayoom Suroush

A new leader is emerging in Afghanistan’s Shia community, one who so far has chosen to abstain from any presence or involvement in the religious or political affairs of the country. Ayatollah Mohammad Eshaq Fayaz is being supported by Afghan Shia – among them rather influential figures such as Second Vice President Sarwar Danish – […]

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