Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: December 2017

Afghan Governor’s Dismissal Highlights Rift In Party, Risks To Unity Government

Thomas Ruttig

Gandhara, 19 December 2017 On Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe’s Central Asia blog, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig explains, in extensive quotes, the background of the renewed double-crisis, in the NUG between President Ghani and fired Balkh governor Atta and within Jamiat, between Atta and co-Jamiati, NUG CE Dr Abdullah.

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Afghanistan (Konfliktporträt)

Thomas Ruttig

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 18 December 2017 The latest version of the bi-annually updated portrait of the Afghan conflict by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on this encyclopaedial website which is designed to inform teacher and pupils, particularly (in German). Go to the text here.

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Taliban collecting taxes from all in Ghazni

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Pajhwok News Agency, 18 December 2017 Report about a lesser known method of how the Taleban fund themselves, by the Kabul-based news agency.

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On 11 Dalw 1395 (30 January 2017), the IEC had put the options for electoral districts to consultation with civil society organisations. Photo: IEC

The Afghanistan Election Conundrum (3): The dilemma of electoral constituencies

Ali Yawar Adili

It looks increasingly unlikely that the next parliamentary (and district council) elections can be held as planned on 7 July 2018. Although the Independent Election Commission (IEC) continues its preparations for the polls, important questions remain unresolved. Due to a lack of consensus, the electoral system remains unchanged, but the IEC has been grappling with […]

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نگاهی به روابط محکمه بینا للی جزایی و افغانستان (A Look at ICC-Afghan relations)

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 قوس1396 ,ماهنامه حقوق بشر (Human Rights Monthly, December 2017) The monthly publication of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission carries an article by AAN’s Ehsan Qaane about the relations between Afghanistan and the International Criminal Court in the context of the court’s deliberations about opening a formal investigation into alleged post-2003 war crimes in the […]

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Ach, wie schön ist Afghanistan (Oh, how nice is Afghanistan)

Thomas Ruttig

Falter 50/17, 13 December 2017 The Vienna-based weekly magazine looks at the “questionable” expertises of the only court-accepted Austrian Afghanistan expert who, according to AAN’s Thomas Ruttig who is quoted extensively in the report, “highly unrealistic and even distorting.” Title of the article: “Oh how nice is Afghanistan”. Article (in German) is behind a paywall. […]

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Can Afghanistan Manage to Hold an Election in 2018?

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The Diplomat, 13 December 2017 In this article, AAN research is extensively quoted: In September 2016, the Afghan parliament passed a new electoral law, which paved the way for the setting of an election date but also passed the “most controversial and complicated changes” onto the IEC, as Ali Yawar Adili and Martine van Bijlert […]

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In Afghanistan, today’s pro-government militias could be tomorrow’s insurgents

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War on the Rocks (blog), 11 December 2017 This entry by Deedee Derksen has a lot of links to AAN analysis.

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In Afghanistan, Today’s Pro-Government Militias Could Be Tomorrow’s Insurgents

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War on the Rocks, 11 December 2017 This blog entry by Deedee Derksen analysing Afghan militias has some interesting findings on Jombesh commanders having joined the Taleban in five districts of Faryab. It also quotes from (and links to) two AAN dispatches by Obaid Ali about the character of self-proclaimed Daeash groups in neighbouring Jowzjan: […]

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U.S. Bombing of Afghan Drug Labs Won’t Crush the Taliban

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International Crisis Group, 11 December 2017 Ex-AAN colleague Borhan Osman’s analysis of the ‘new’ US strategy of bombing drug labs in Afghanistan and its futility: … a coercive counter-narcotics campaign will solve neither the country’s poppy boom nor the Taliban’s profiting from it, which has long depended to an extraordinary extent on very local dynamics. […]

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These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

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Los Angeles Times, 10 December 2017 In this article about the Afghan special forces, AAN is quoted: A recent commentary published by the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a Kabul-based research organization, said the strategy also could paper over the problem that the regular army and police “are apparently not up to their main task, which would […]

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Taliban-Vormarsch: Der Krieg in Afghanistan kehrt zurück

Thomas Ruttig

Kronenzeitung, 9 December 2017 The leading Austrian tabloid, looking at three months under the new US Afghanistan strategy, quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on (not progressing) peace talks, without saying where it quotes him from (the paper did not talk to him): “Aber so ist das eben in diesen Konflikten – es ist mühsame Kleinarbeit”, sagt Ruttig. […]

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