Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: September 2015

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys

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New York Times, 20 September 2015 The Times reports, quoting former military personnel serving in Afghanistan, that US soldiers had been told to ignore the bachabazi practice among Afghan allies. The current US commander in Afghanistan has denied the existence of such a ‘policy’ but there is sufficient detail in the report to make this […]

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Afghanistan i skuggan

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Sveriges Radio, 19 September 2015 Swedish radio compiled material about the Afghan conflict and quotes AAN’s Kate Clark: Kate Clark på den oberoende tankesmedjan Afghanistan Analysts Network ger också sin analys av läget i landet.

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Young Technocrats Taking Over: Who are the new Afghan governors and what can they achieve?

Christine Roehrs Qayoom Suroush

Nearly one year into Ashraf Ghani’s presidency, about a quarter of the state’s highest representatives in the provinces are still missing – nine of 34 governors. So why the hold-up? AAN’s Christine Roehrs and Qayoom Suroush have been looking into the mechanisms of the process and found that the government seems to be able to […]

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Badakhshan – from anti-Taleban bulwark to contested province. Photo: Mirco Kreibich (2005).

The 2015 Insurgency in the North (2): Badakhshan’s Jurm district under siege

Obaid Ali

The foreign fighter communities are growing, their recruitment is speeding up and the national security forces deployed to fight them are regularly beaten back – or they give up their bases before, as some claim, “a single bullet has been shot.” Badakhshan, once a province almost free of insurgency, has become contested. AAN’s Obaid Ali […]

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Afghan Journalists Join The Refugee Stream To Europe

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RFE/RL, 14 September 2015 “An Afghan press watchdog says 23 Afghan media workers have embarked on a dangerous journey to Europe this week. Nai, a Kabul-based organization that advocates for open media in Afghanistan, says the journalists left their country because of “rising insecurity, censorship, and an uncertain future.” In a statement on September 14, […]

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Karzai: Al Qaeda is a Myth instead of a Reality

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Khaama Press, 12 September 2015 The Kabul-based news agency, in what looks like an op-ed article, on ex-president Hamed Karzai’s latest statements on his disbelief about the existence of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan quotes AAN for some background (actually it was an excerpt from Bette Dam’s book about Karzai which AAN helped to publish): According to an […]

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A Taleb Lost in a Polish Forest and More: Afghanistan in western films (part 2), 2001 to 2015

Christian Bleuer

Since 2001, there has been a relatively large number of western films that feature Afghanistan – either briefly or, in some cases, for the entire length of the movie. But despite the significant numbers of American and European mainstream films that deal with Afghanistan, there are few that truly explore the country and its people. […]

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From Afghanistan with Love

Thomas Ruttig

Deutschlandradio Wissen, 11 September 2015 Listen to a half-hour audio about love, sexuality and violence (in German) that was broadcast on German radio, covering issues like the first Afghan radio program covering those issues, but also phenomena like bachabazi and bachaposh. The latter part is covered in an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig.  

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A Day In The Life Of Afghan Refugees In Athens’ Victoria Square

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Huffington Post, 11 September 2015 Self-explanatory headline. It just needed to be added that most Afghan refugees to Europe come through Greece; their percentage through North Africa and Italy is very low.

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Bevor das Erz aus der Erde ist (Before the Ore Is out of the Ground)

Thomas Ruttig

Südlink 173, September 2015 Joint article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Obaid Ali in the Berlin-based and NGO-run development magazine’s special issue on “resources justice”, on the Ainak copper mining projects and its problems: displacement, environmental problems and a lack of transparency (in German; the article is not available online; go to the website to order a […]

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Afghans Celebrate a National Hero, and Fighting Breaks Out

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New York Times, 10 September 2015 “The annual celebration of Afghanistan’s official national hero, Ahmed Shah Massoud, descended into violence and ethnic tensions again as his armed supporters began marauding through the streets here, officials said Thursday. At least two people were killed, one of them an officer of the National Directorate of Security, the […]

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Tadschikistan: Vom Parteienverbot zum Aufstand

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 9 September 2015 In this full article, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarises latest events in Afghanistan’s neighbouring country of Tajikistan where the government just closed down a moderate Islamic opposition party, the PIRT, the only legal one so far in Central Asia, on Monday. On Friday, armed groups led by a just sacked deputy defence […]

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