Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2016

On the Trail of the Islamic State in Afghanistan

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Foreign Policy/South Asia Channel, 5 April 2016 A short quote from an AAN dispatch by Kate Clark and Borhan Osman, referring to reasons why the Afghan IS chapter is particularly strong in eastern Afghanistan: (…) the Afghan Analysts Network stated in a report that the insurgency is much more fractured in eastern than southern Afghanistan, making the […]

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پیشرفت در گفت و گوهای صلح میان حکمتیار و دولت افغانستان [Progress in peace talks between Hezb-e Islami and Afghan government]

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BBC (Persian service), 5 April 2016 Interview (in Dari) with Amin Karim, leader of a Hezb-e Islami negotiations delegation in Kabul, that is about to start a third round of talks with the Afghan government (apparently through the High Peace Council). He says that his party has opted for talks “after 95 per cent of […]

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Thousands of Afghan migrants have hit a dead end in Turkey

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The Economist, 5 April 2016 The weekly reports from the eastern Turkish town of Van where Afghan migrants, after crossing the border from Iran, having been “beaten and extorted by smugglers and middlemen,” but were at least “expecting refuge. Instead they found a long queue to nowhere.” Of the 98,000 Afghan asylum-seekers registered in Turkey by […]

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Afghan Spy Agency Enlists Villagers to Hold Off Islamic State

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Wall Street Journal, 5 April 2016 The US newspaper reports the mechanisms, funding and an example in Kot district of the People’s Uprising Program, a new paramilitary armament programme “to hold territory the army has recaptured from Islamic State in three districts” of Nangrahar. The fighters, “more than a thousand men [in Kot alone], … are […]

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BSIS Annual International Conference 2016

07 April 2016, University of Kent – Annual Conference: Conflict Termination to Conflict Recurrence, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Analysing Post-Conflict Societies

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AAN’s co-director Dr Sari Kouvo will be one of the panelist for the discussion on “Who Is A Victim, Who Is A Perpetrator: transitional justice in post-conflict societies” at the The University of Kent: Brussels School of International Studies Annual International Conference. The panel will focus on the issue of how the construction of victim and perpetrator identities affect […]

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Top Picks: From Unfairy Tales to Great Expectations

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IRIN, 1 April 2016 Jelena Bjelica’s AAN dispatch about Afghanistan’s landless returnees has made it into the picks of the day of the formerly UN-related and now independent news agency, with link to our website: Afghanistan’s landless returnees People returning to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban make up about 20 percent of the […]

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Official: Afghanistan corruption urgent issue after years of futile efforts

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Stars and Stripes, 1 April 2016 In an article, reporting a speech of US SIGAR John F. Sopko that “corruption undermines the legitimacy and viability of the Afghan state and fuels grievances that strengthen insurgents like the Taliban”, AAN’s Kate Clark is extensively quoted, on another aspect, namely the west’s role in fueling corruption: “Corruption […]

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