Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2016

Afghanistans Milizen-Problem unlösbar?

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 12 August 2016 In this article about the ongoing role of militias in Afghanistan (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: “[Warlords] spielen eine Schlüsselrolle im politischen Gesamtsystem, wie es nach 2001 errichtet wurde”, erläutert Thomas Ruttig, Co-Direktor des Afghanistan Analysts Network gegenüber der DW. “Abgesehen von ganz wenigen, niederrangigen Ausnahmen wurde niemand […]

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Afghans, the forgotten refugees

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Christian Science Monitor, 12 August 2016 This article about Afghan refugees stuck in Turkey briefly refers to the joint AAN-FES on decisionmaking in Afghan households about leaving for Europe.

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The closure of the Balkan corridor has left many Afghans stranded and, again, dependent on indifferent and often abusive smuggler networks. (Photo Source: Tolo News)

Afghan Exodus: The re-emergence of smugglers along the Balkan route

Martine van Bijlert Jelena Bjelica

When the Balkan corridor closed in March 2016, Afghans trying to reach Europe found themselves stranded, once again at the mercy of smugglers’ networks. Many are still slowly making their way towards the outer fringes of the European Union at the Serbian-Hungarian border. Almost everyone transits through Belgrade, which has become an important hub for […]

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L’Afganistan es resisteix a l’EI

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ARA, 8 August 2016 The Catalan news website picked up information from Borhan Osman’s latest AAN dispatches about the IS: Borhan Osman, investigador de l’Afghanistan Analysts Network, explica en un informe recent que Daeix és capaç d’“exectuar operacions ocasionals” al país amb l’ajuda de “reclutes locals” i de causar nombroses baixes, però insisteix que tots […]

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Afghan and Pakistani migrants make their way to the Serbian-Hungarian border on foot in July 2016, in protest against the worsening conditions in Belgrade and in the hope of being let through. (Photo Source: Info Park)

Afghan Exodus: In transit through Serbia

Martine van Bijlert Jelena Bjelica

The unprecedented flow of people through the Western Balkans in late 2015 and early 2016, and the opening of a humanitarian corridor, provided a brief and unique opportunity for people from war-torn countries to reach the European Union. When the corridor closed in March 2016 many people, including many Afghans, found themselves stranded and, again, […]

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Afghan Refugees camp under a Paris canal bridge (September 2015). Photo: Evan Bench [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

»Wir wussten, dass sie in Kabul keine Zukunft hatten«: Fluchtentscheidungen afghanischer Familien

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The German version of our study ‘“We Knew They Had No Future in Kabul”: Why and How Afghan Families Decide to Leave’ (link here) in cooperation with and funded by the Afghanistan office of the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Foundation) (FES) is out now and can be read and/or downloaded here as well as on the FES website. The increasing […]

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Pity Aleppo as Putin drops his bombs to salvage Russia’s pride [lost in Afghanistan]

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The Guardian, 7 August 2016 An extremely interesting comparison between Russia’ military interventions in Afghanistan and today in Syria, and what both has to do with each other.

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USA’s dronedrab og ‘menneskejagt’ skaber samling og styrke

Thomas Ruttig

Politiken, 7 August 2016 The Danish daily quotes from Borhan Osman’s dispatches about the latest developments within the Afghan Taleban: Allerede dengang advarede eksperter fra den anerkendte tænketank Afghan Analyst Network (AAN) mod overdreven optimisme, de pegede især på, at Mansoors efterfølge, mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada blev udpeget meget hurtigt og af et enigt Taleban. Under […]

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Sign of the Olympic rings at the sports ground near the Kabul National Stadium (Photo Source: Tolonews August 2016)

Two Sides of the Medal: Afghanistan at Olympia in Rio – and infighting at home

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s Olympics team has marched, along with those of 206 countries and territories and an additional refuges team, into the Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (5-21 August 2016). Sprinter Kamia Yusufi carried the Afghan flag, but, in reality, this was the smallest Afghan team since the country […]

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Afghanistan Is in Chaos. Is That What Hamid Karzai Wants?

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New York Times, 5 August 2016 Mujib Mashal, one of Afghanistan’s outstanding journalists, with a new portrait of former President Hamed Karzai, after another controversial Karzai interview with the Guardian. “Critics say the former president is working from the wings to destabilize his successor’s government. He says he has no interest in returning to power.”

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The Balkan Corridor: migrants are getting ready to be transported by bus from Presovo, near the Macedonian border in Serbia, to Croatia. December 2015. Photo by Info Park.

Afghan Exodus: The opening and closing of the Balkan corridor

Martine van Bijlert Jelena Bjelica

In late 2015 and early 2016, the Western Balkans witnessed an unprecedented flow of people through its borders on their way to Europe. For several months a ‘humanitarian corridor’ provided certain nationalities, including Afghans, with transportation to the outer fringes of the European Union. However, Afghans trying to reach Europe now once again find themselves […]

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How the Islamic State Gained Power in Afghanistan

Martine van Bijlert

Telesur TV, 2 August 2016 “A recent analysis published by Afghanistan Analyst Network echoes the claims that the National Unity Government under President Ghani had funded the disgruntled Taliban members who then turned to IS in Afghanistan. “The Afghan government’s support to Mangal Bagh’s men is an open secret among residents of the Spin Ghar districts near the […]

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