Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2018

Wählen, während der Krieg tobt

Thomas Ruttig

Frankfurter Allgemeine, 20 October 2018 This analytical article in the leading German daily draws a bow between the Afghan elections and the attempts to get peace talks running with the Taleban. With some quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German): „Der Krieg tobt im ganzen Land“, sagt Thomas Ruttig, der lange für internationale Organisationen in […]

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Afganistán abre con retraso sus colegios electorales en una jornada con varios ataques y al menos 10 muertos

Thomas Ruttig

El País, 20 October 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this report on election day one in Afghanistan in one of the two leading Spanish dailies: “No hay nada nuevo”, interpreta Thomas Ruttig, director del centro de estudios Afghanistan Analysts Network y gran conocedor del país. “Los talibanes siempre se han declarado dispuestos a […]

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Afghanistan al voto: corsa tra uomini d’affari, ex mujahedin e e le donne

Thomas Ruttig

Il Manifesto, 19 October 2018 In this election primer by Giuliano Battiston for the respected Italian left-wing newspaper, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying: «La retorica sui tanti candidati giovani è molto diffusa ma è poco fondata», ci spiega Thomas Ruttig, direttore dell’Afghanistan Analysts Network. «Temo che il prossimo parlamento possa essere peggiore dell’attuale: […]

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Afghanistan Elections Conundrum (21): Biometric verification likely to spawn host of new problems

Ali Yawar Adili

Tomorrow’s parliamentary vote will use biometric voter verification machines, the first time ever in an Afghan election. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has said the use of these machines in every polling station will boost transparency and deter fraud. Yet questions abound. The decision was made at the last minute and because of political pressure. […]

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Risking Democracy in Afghanistan: Voting, Violence, and the Struggle for Parliament

Thomas Ruttig

Blog of the Columbia Journal of International Affairs, 19 October 2018 Using many AAN dispatches as sources, Robert D. Crews – Professor of History at Stanford University, who specialises in Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, Russia, Islam, and Global History – analyses the impact that a growing young urban population and civil society will have on Afghanistan’s […]

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Afghanistan Elections Conundrum (20): Women candidates going against the grain

Jelena Bjelica Rohullah Sorush

On 20 October, more than 400 female candidates will compete for the 68 parliamentary seats reserved for women. Many more women – there are over three million registered female voters – will cast their votes on Saturday, in an attempt to have their say on who represents them in the lower house of the parliament. […]

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The Killing of Razeq: Removing the Taleban’s strongest foe in Kandahar, an indirect hit at elections

Thomas Ruttig

An attack in Kandahar city has left the province’s governor, NDS chief and police commander, the unrivalled strongman of southern Afghanistan, General Abdul Razeq, dead. The commander of United States and NATO forces, General Scott Austin Miller who had just been meeting the three, was unharmed. The attack mimics earlier assassinations of officials and strongmen. […]

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Parlamentswahl in Afghanistan droht ein Desaster zu werden

Thomas Ruttig

AFP/Tiroler Volkszeitung, 18 October 2018 A quote from AAN research and one from Thomas Ruttig, in this article in the Austrian daily (in German): „Der Betrug ist vorprogrammiert“, sagt ein westlicher Diplomat. Viele Wählerregistrierungen wurden offenbar anhand gefälschter Dokumente ausgestellt. So liegt die Zahl der registrierten Wähler in der Provinz Paktia bei 141 der vermuteten […]

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Attentat im Süden Afghanistans: Polizeichef erschossen, US-General unverletzt

Thomas Ruttig

ARD-Tagesschau, 18 October 2018 A quote from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the website of Germany’s leading public TV channel’s prime time news (in German): Rasik war einer der einflussreichsten Männer in Kandahar. Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig von der Denkfabrik Afghanistan Analysts Network sagte, Rasik sei mehr als nur der Polizeichef von Kandahar gewesen. Insbesondere die Amerikaner […]

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Afghanistan’s Elections Shrink in Face of Violence

Thomas Ruttig

Wall Street Journal, 18 October 2018 This article about the quality of Afghanistan#s upcoming election has a quote from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: “I think there’s some disillusionment about this kind of democracy,” said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, referring to the political system put in place after 2001. “The interest of potential […]

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Afghanistan Election Conundrum (19): A young ‘wave of change’ for the Wolesi Jirga?

AAN Team Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s parliamentary election campaign ended on Wednesday 17 October 2018 with the killing of Helmand candidate Jabbar Qahraman by a mine explosion in his campaign office – the fifth candidate killed during the campaign period. “Taghir” – change – has been a key word in many of the campaigns and a hope expressed by many […]

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Dossier: Afghanistan al voto tra caos e speranza

Thomas Ruttig

Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, 18 October 2018 This dossier of the Milano-based institute on the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, in Italian and English, contains a commentary of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, “Afghanistan’s Election Dilemma.” Further contributions by Giuliano Battiston, Antonio Giustozzi, Claudio Bertolotti, Emanuele Giordana, Andrea Carati, Raffaello Pantucci, Frud Bezhan.

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