Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2015

Going in Circles: The never-ending story of Afghanistan’s unfinished Ring Road

Qayoom Suroush

Since the presidential campaign and during trips abroad President Ashraf Ghani has been promising to turn Afghanistan into an “Asian roundabout” for regional trade and transit. However, for this, Afghanistan would need to improve its transport systems and build new and better roads. That is probably why, in his first cabinet meeting, on 2 October […]

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Afghanistan’s Unity Government Takes Shape

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RFE/RL, 15 January 2015 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted three times in this article about the new Afghan cabinet: “You would expect both a need to balance political forces and to in some way reward backers and strive to have some good people there,” says Kate Clark, country director of Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent […]

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[China] Exploring a New Role: Peacemaker in Afghanistan

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New York Times (blog), 14 January 2015 Exploring the reasons behind China’s increasing engagement with Afghanistan, including with the Afghan Taleban, the authors says that China now has established an independent (from Pakistan) channel to the Afghan Taleban. The same article also says, however, that during its recent visit to China, a small Taleban delegation “traveled […]

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د اشنا تلويزیون وروستۍ خپرونه

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Voice of America (Pashto service), 14 January 2015 AAN’s Obaid Ali can be seen in the news of Ashna TV, the Pashto service of Voice of America, with a statement on the new cabinet: many new faces, women and well-educate people included but therefore also “not very experienced.” (click on video window at the top […]

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Weder Warlords noch Taliban

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 13 January 2015 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here several times about the new national unity cabinet (in German), first about why it took so long: “The same political camps that were heavily competing with each other during the presidential campaign were now forced to get a cabinet together. Different political and patronage […]

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Ashraf Ghani needs Pakistan help with Taliban talks

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BBC, 13 January 2015 In this commentary for the BBC, Ahmed Rashid states that relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan “have improved dramatically” and that the new Afghan president “is looked upon favourably by Pakistan’s generals”  – “because he has avoided any anti-Pakistan rhetoric and his long stints in government never led to open hostility with Islamabad… Even more […]

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Lawfare (blog), 13 January 2015 The blog links to the “Afghanistan Analysts Network’s … full review of the new Afghan cabinet now awaiting approval by parliament” in its daily headlines.

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Some of the cabinet candidates (left to right: sitting: Rabbani, Maiwandi, Karimi, standing: Ulumi) at today's press conference. Photo: screenshot from Ariana TV.

New Faces Versus Old Structures: Afghanistan’s national unity cabinet (amended)

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Finally, Afghanistan has a cabinet, pending parliament’s approval of course, three and a half months after Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah were inaugurated as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of a national unity government. Getting an agreed-upon list has been a long, painful process, for both negotiators and for Afghans waiting for a government […]

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The Wrong Mission? New AAN discussion paper looks at NATO’s ‘Resolute Support’

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AAN’s first paper of the new year – “Resolute Support Light: NATO’s New Mission versus the Political Economy of the Afghan National Security Forces” by guest author Philipp Münch – looks at NATO’s chances of achieving its goals in Afghanistan with Resolute Support (RS). The mission replaced ISAF on 1 January 2015. NATO’s motto in Afghanistan […]

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“RS – ta’alimat, kumak, mashwerat” (training, assistance, advice) reads the coat-of-arms of the new NATO military mission in Afghanistan. Photo: NATO (https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_116351.htm).

Resolute Support Light: NATO’s New Mission versus the ANSF Political Economy

Philipp Münch

AAN’s first paper of the new year – “Resolute Support Light: NATO’s New Mission versus the Political Economy of the Afghan National Security Forces” by guest author Philipp Münch – looks at NATO’s chances of achieving its goals in Afghanistan with Resolute Support (RS). The mission replaced ISAF on 1 January 2015. NATO’s motto in Afghanistan has […]

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