Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: May 2015

Police Treated With Kid Gloves: The many flaws of the Farkhunda trial

Ehsan Qaane Kate Clark

An Afghan court has found 11 policemen guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to prevent the murder of religious student Farkhunda by a mob in the centre of Kabul on 19 March 2015. They were all sentenced to one year, the absolute minimum, which means also they may not have to go to jail […]

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Dollars Disappear in Afghanistan With Exiting U.S. Troops

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Bloomberg, 21 May 2015 A short but interesting look at the impact of the military withdrawal on the (dropping) exchange rate between the Afghani and the US dollar, and related concerns about the Afghan economy: “The Afghani has dropped about 5 percent this quarter, the fifth-steepest fall among 84 so-called exotic currencies tracked by Bloomberg.” […]

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The Battle for Afghanistan Will Be Decided by Development

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Council of Foreign Relations blog, 21 May 2015 The blog, in an entry about Afghanistan’s development needs, quotes from a SIGAR report quoting a dispatch from Ghor by AAN’s Obaid Ali: “As Sopko countered [inaccurate ministry of education data about school enrollment]: …just one example of the gulf between official indicators and grubby reality, the […]

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Afghan clerics uneasy as civil rights movement gains momentum

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Reuters/Daily Times, 18 May 2015 Article looking at the context of the Farkhunda and other civil society protests perceived as ‘anti-Islam’ by part of the clergy, quoting AAN’s Borhan Osman: “These episodes have angered the mullahs (clerics) and I can see they are now drawing a line between this government and the former,” said Borhan […]

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New Fears Among Afghanistan’s Minority Hazara Community

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NPR, 16 May 2015 AAN’s Qayoum Suroush was a participant in a US public radio discussion (link to transcription and to audio): Moderator: Suroush found reports by the media and local authorities often speculate about the tribal affiliations of hostages. And in the wake of February’s bus attack, there is often an assumption that Hazaras […]

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American Killed in Afghan Guest House Attack Identified

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My Central Oregon. com, 15 May 2015 The US website reports that ex-AREU director Paula Kantor has been identified as the American victim of the 13 May guest house attack in Kabul and quotes from the AAN obituary: According to the Afghanistan Analysts Network, Kantor was a “dedicated researcher” who was “always focused on helping the […]

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The Park Palace Attack: More losses for Afghanistan (updated with a list of the dead)

Kate Clark

The Taleban attack on a Kabul guesthouse which killed 15 people (not 14, as earlier reports said) on 13 May 2015 was aimed, the Taleban claimed, at “invaders”, specifically an “important meeting” of “important people from many invading countries, especially Americans.” In this update of our earlier dispatch, AAN’s Kate Clark identifies all the dead: […]

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L’analista dell’Afghanistan: “Talebani all’attacco per riprendere l’egemonia del jihad”

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La Repubblica, 14 May 2015 A long interview (in Italian) with Fabrizio Foschini about the Taleban attack on a Kabul guest house.  

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Afghanistan: missed opportunities and threats for the future

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East, 14 May 2015 The new Italy-based European news magazine published an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig covering the performance of the national unity government, talks with the Taleban and the role of Pakistan as well as the relationship between the Taleban and IS/Daesh. (both in Italian and English).

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Why targeted killings work against Islamic State

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MacLean’s, 14 May 2015 The Canadian magazine discusses targeted killings as a method and compares IS and Taleban, quoting AAN’s Kate Clark on the latter: Others, like Afghanistan expert Kate Clark, senior analyst for the Kabul-based Afghan Analysts Network, disagree. From her perspective, largely focused on the Afghan Taliban, targeted killings of the Taliban leadership […]

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Central Asia: After the strongmen

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Financial Times, 13 May 2015 In a long piece, the FT discusses the situation in Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan where two autoritarian, but increasingly aging presidents rule and no visible arrangements for succession have been taken. The article looks at the situation, power constellations and possible implications for the region, including Afghanistan.  

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»معرفی کتاب «سیاست‌ورزی قومی و بنای صلح در افغانستان

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Ettela’at-e Ruz, 13 May 2015 (23 Saur 1394) AAN’s Qayoom Suroush reviews Muhammad Qasem Wafaizada’s book “Siayatwarzi-ye qaumi wa bena-ye solh dar Afghanistan” (Ethnic Politics and Peace Building in Afghanistan), originally published in English by the Heinrich Boell Foundastion in Germany and now out in Dari, for the Kabul daily.

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