Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: December 2015

100 Jahre Deutsch-Afghanische Beziehungen

Thomas Ruttig

Bayerischer Rundfunk, 3 December 2015 In the German radio’s morning round-up, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in a report about the current celebrations of the 100th anniversary of German-Afghan relations and a bilateral cultural week taking off in Berlin (not online yet).

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Merkel warnt Afghanen vor Flucht nach Deutschland

Thomas Ruttig

Zeit, 2 December 2015 The German weekly’s website quotes from the Tagesschau interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig of the same day (see below), on the situation in Afghanistan: Der Experte Thomas Ruttig, Ko-Direktor des “Afghanistan Analysts Network”,  sagte im Interview mit der Tagesschau allerdings, in Afghanistan gebe es “ein nie dagewesenes Niveau der Gewalt und die höchste Zahl […]

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Experte zu Lehren aus Afghanistan: “Syrien-Einsatz kommt viel zu spät”

Thomas Ruttig

ARD, 2 December 2015 Two interviews (one in writing and one video) with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the website of the German TV channels prime time news, the Tagesschau: one on whether there can be parallels drawn between the German military engagements in Afghanistan and Syria and one (the video) about the security situation, on […]

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Two interviews with President Ghani

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Spiegel and France24, 2 December 2015 In the Spiegel interview, the President answers the question “How was it possible for 700 or 800 Taliban to take by surprise a well-equipped security force of about 7,000 troops in [Kunduz]?” with his own question; “How can a few individuals bring the French government to a standstill?” And he […]

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Mirai Bazaar in 2013 when it was still partly functional. From 2017 onwards when the conflict intensified, almost all traders moved their shops to  Kamalkhil or Nazarwall. Photo: Fazal Muzhary, March 2013

Finding Business Opportunity in Conflict: Shopkeepers, Taleban and the political economy of Andar district

Fazl Rahman Muzhary

Even in times of war, people still need to buy food and other essentials and shopkeepers still need to sell. But when frontlines shift and military masters change – due to insurgency, uprising or rising government power – how can shopkeepers react to try to survive the situation? Indeed, how can they try to find […]

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Von Wandel keine Spur: Seit einem Jahr ist Afghanistans Präsident Ghani an der Macht, bewirkt hat er wenig

Thomas Ruttig

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1 December 2015 A short quote of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this first-year balance of President Ashraf Ghani’s tenure by one of the largest German dailies, summarised in the sub-headline: “corruption and violence are prevalent, thousands leave the country and for negotiations with the Taleban, Kabul has to rely on its difficult neighbour […]

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Rise of Afghan anti-Taliban militias stokes instability fears

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AFP, 1 December 2015 AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted in this report about a certain ‘uprising militia’ in Pashtunkot district of Faryab province: “Militias in some areas are bedeviled by internal rivalries, revenge attacks and intra-group clashes,” said Obaid Ali, a researcher with the think-tank Afghanistan Analysts Network. “Their end goal is ensuring their own […]

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