Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2015

Happy, Sweet Eid Days To You!

AAN Team

With the long and hot days of Ramadan fasting over, we hope that the coming Eid Al Fitr holidays will bring some sweet time with family and friends to all of you. The Afghanistan Analysts Network wishes a peaceful Eid Al Fitr to all its friends and readers, to all Muslims and particularly to the […]

Context and Culture Read more

U.S. Steps Up Airstrikes in Afghanistan, Even Targeting ISIS

AAN

New York Times, 15 July 2015 “Throughout June, American drones and warplanes fired against militants in Afghanistan more than twice as much as they had in any previous month this year, according to military statistics. … The vast majority of the strikes appear to remain focused on Taliban forces, the traditional targets of American airstrikes here for more than a decade. […]

Recommended Reads Read more

Afghan Civilians Pay the Price of Attacks

AAN

KabulPress, 14 July 2015 The Kabul-based website quotes from an AAN assessment of the Taleban’s position vis-à-vis civilian casualties: According to the Afghanistan Analysts Network, the Taliban have a history of denying responsibility for attacks in which large numbers of civilians are killed. That suggests that even the Taliban recognize that attacks on civilians may […]

AAN in the Media Read more

Afghan Civilians Pay the Price of Attacks

AAN

Human Rights Watch, 13 July 2015 In her HRW dispatch, Patty Gossman reviews this year’s Taleban attacks from the angle of civilian casualties. She concludes that “according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network, the Taliban have a history of denying responsibility for attacks in which large numbers of civilians are killed. That suggests that even the […]

AAN in the Media Read more
President Ghani in China. Photo c/o Khaama Press.

Copper and Peace: Afghanistan’s China dilemma

Thomas Ruttig

Facing what is now more than a two year delay in the opening of the Ainak copper mine, the Afghan government has indicated that it is considering re-advertising the contract for the project which had been won by a consortium of Chinese state-own companies. This turnaround has the potential to grow into a major foreign […]

Regional Relations Read more

Tajikistan Uses Laws to Crush Islamist Opposition

Thomas Ruttig

The Diplomat, 10 July 2015 Katherine Putz, reporting on the de facto (if not yet de jure) closing down of Tajikistan’s only significant opposition party and Central Asia’s only legal Islamist party, quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig when he reported from Tajikistan in 2014 for AAN: “[Helene] Thibault’s [from Registan blog] conclusion, that ‘Islamic radicalism does not […]

AAN in the Media Read more

«Pakistan versucht, andere Gesprächskanäle zu sabotieren»

Thomas Ruttig

SRF, 9 July 2015 Listen to the audio of an interview on Swiss Radio with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the Pakistan-organised first direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taleban (in German) – raising doubts that this is a breakthrough towards peace in Afghanistan.

AAN in the Media Read more

The One Place in Asia Where the U.S. Embraces China’s Rise

Thomas Ruttig

Bloomberg, 9 July 2015 A short quote by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this article about China’s and the US’s clout on Afghan peace talks: “The U.S. is gradually disengaging from central Asia, including Afghanistan, while China is on the rise in the region,” said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. China’s multi-billion […]

AAN in the Media Read more

Taliban Were Authorized to Talk, Afghan Envoys Say

AAN

New York Times, 9 July 2015 AAN’s Borhan Osman is quoted in Mujib Mashal’s article: “The Pakistani military, which has sheltered the Taliban’s leadership for years, redoubled its pressure on the insurgents to come to the table. As a result, some Taliban commanders began fleeing Pakistan, said Borhan Osman, a researcher at the Afghan Analysts […]

AAN in the Media Read more

Classics of Conflict (2): Reviewing some of Afghanistan’s most notorious hotspots

Fabrizio Foschini

The second part of our series reviewing ten places in Afghanistan that have been fought over throughout the last decade (see part 1 here) starts close to where the first ended: with an area straddling the border between Nuristan and Kunar provinces. Insurgents have in fact just recently captured the administrative centre of one of […]

War and Peace Read more

Islamabad bootet Katar aus

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 8 July 2015 In the Berlin daily, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reports about and analyses the Pakistan-hosted first official direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taleban (in German). He writes that there were some unclarities linked to the talks, first of all whether the Taleban representatives were authorised to take part by their […]

AAN in the Media Read more

The Islamic Renaissance Party’s downfall and its consequences for Tajikistan’s stability

AAN

Registan (blog), 8 July 2015 A look beyond Afghanistan’s northern border, into Tajikistan, by Helene Thibault, where the government uses all legal tricks to silence and suppress the only legal Islamic opposition party all over Central Asia.

Recommended Reads Read more