Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2018

In Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, violence is committed by all sides

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The New Arab, 25 January 2018 The website article quotes from “former Afghanistan Analysts Network researcher, Borhan Osman, who now works with Crisis Group International” who … gives one of the most detailed accounts of how ISKP came to be: “In late January 2015, the Islamic State announced its expansion into Khorasan province. The elements of what […]

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Words, No Deeds: 2017, another lost year for peace (talks) in Afghanistan

Obaid Ali Thomas Ruttig

Despite a new offer by the Afghan government through the High Peace Council, there was not much movement toward government-Taleban talks to end the war peacefully in the past year. Both sides continue to engage in general pro-peace rhetoric, while allowing little to happen in practice. Currently, they are bogged down in a dispute over […]

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Afghanarar reiser heim til ny flukt

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Vårt Land, 24 January 2018 The Norwegian website quotes AAN in an article about Norway’s migration policy: Medan drygt 250.000 afghanarar søkte vern i Europa i 2015-2016, stig no talet på afghanarar som vender tilbake, både frivillig og med tvang, fortel tenketanken Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). Ein AAN-analyse viser at: • Det er særleg unge, […]

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Warnings Taliban is gaining strength following Kabul hotel attack

Thomas Ruttig

ABC Australia, 23 January 2018 Listen to the audio of a live interview of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig with Australian radio about the aftermath of the 20-21 January Kabul hotel attack.

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Weiterer Abschiebeflug nach Kabul geplant

Thomas Ruttig

Tagesspiegel, 23 January 2918 This article (in German) in the Berlin daily discusses Germany’s ninth deportation flight to Afghanistan and the 2017 figures of Afghan asylum seekers in Germany. It links to AAN’s Thomas Ruttig’s “very interesting” German-language blog Afghanistan Zhaghdablai.

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Schöngerechnete Gefahren

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 23 January 2918 Read a comment by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about the connection between the latest Taleban attack on a Kabul hotel and today’s deportation of rejected Afghan asylum seekers from Germany in the Berlin-based daily.

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Questions Raised Over Security Company Following Hotel Attack

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ToloNews, 22 January 2018 Intersting article on the context of the recent Taleban hotel bombing in Kabul – which avoids, however, to mention the apparently confirmed (by other media) information that the company is owned by Chief Executive Dr Abdullah’s chief of office

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Corruption at 13,000 feet: Afghanistan struggles to maintain a treacherous mountain trade route

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Washington Post, 22 January 2018 In this article about the big Afghan Ring Road project, our former colleague Qayoom Suroush is quoted in the context of research he did for AAN: To Qayoom Suroush, a former road infrastructure researcher at Afghanistan Analysts Network, that explanation hides the role of higher-level corruption.  “In my experience, when […]

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Hoffnung auf einen neuen Friedensprozess in Afghanistan

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 18 January 2018 The leading Swiss daily reports that “a peace process for Afghanistan has recently come stronger into the discussion again.” The article quotes AAN’s Obaid Ali who agrees that some new dynamism was existing, but warned against too much optimism, particularly about the recent Istanbul talks. Obaid Ali von der […]

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Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, who has been appointed as the new member of the IEC, is being interviewed by a panel led by President Ghani. The interview was conducted at the presidential palace on 13 January 2018 when Hashemi picked.

Afghanistan Election Conundrum (4): New controversies surrounding the appointment of a new electoral commissioner

Ali Yawar Adili

The need to appoint a new member of the IEC came after its chairman, Najibullah Ahmadzai, was sacked by President Ashraf Ghani on 15 November 2017. The president ordered the Selection Committee, a body responsible for shortlisting candidates for membership of the IEC and ECC, to be reconvened. The body shortlisted three candidates, from which […]

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Wissen ist (Ohn)macht: Über die Korruption im afghanischen Bildungssystem

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Deine Korrespondentin, 16 January 2018 Reportage about education in Afghanistan on the German-language website where women report about women, using AAN background and linking to our website.

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The United States and its international allies have pursued various counter-narcotics approaches, centred mainly on eradication and interdiction, since 2001. Here a picture of government-led eradication in Helmand's provincial capital, Lashkar Gah in 2015. The Afghan government’s erdication efforts have been negligible since 2014. Only 3,760 of 183,000 hectares planted with opium poppy have been eradicated in 2015. Credit: Andrew Quilty, 2015.

From Bad to Bombing: US counter-narcotics policies in Afghanistan

Jelena Bjelica

Afghanistan’s opium-driven economy has been a thorn in side of its international backers, and a major challenge for fighting the insurgency and rebuilding a functioning state. Through the lens of the military side of counter-narcotic strategies, the United States and its international allies have pursued various counter-narcotics approaches, centred mainly on eradication and interdiction. However, […]

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