Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2018

Afghan-style democracy faces test in legislative election

Thomas Ruttig

AFP/Straits Times, 18 October 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this news report about the Afghan elections, saying: “Most of the people I have been talking to [in Kabul] say they won’t go to vote, some even didn’t bother to register, and many said ‘we would love to vote if we knew the system […]

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Anschlag vor Wahl in Afghanistan: Taliban-Bombe tötet Abgeordneten

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 18 October 2018 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in the Berlin daily, about the pre-election two-day campaign silence period. But tenth candidate killed, and fighting in 25 of the 34 provinces (in German).

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Député en Afghanistan: de l’idéal, un salaire et la peur

Thomas Ruttig

AFP/La Croix, 17 October 2018 A little ironic quote from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig that the cars and houses of certain Afghan parliament members could not have been paid from their salaries: “Je suis certain que leur salaire seul n’est pas suffisant pour payer toutes les maisons et les voitures qu’ils possèdent”, note ironique Thomas Ruttig, […]

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Afghanistan: Learning from a decade of progress and loss

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World Bank, 17 October 2018 A blog by WB Afghanistan country director with some bleak truths about the socio-economic breakdown after ‘transition’: “Since 2014, growth has stagnated, falling below rates of population growth, and the security situation continues to deteriorate. (…) Welfare deteriorated between 2007 and 2011 as growth was not pro-poor. During the post-transition […]

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What Is At Stake In Afghanistan’s Parliamentary Election?

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Gandhara, 17 October 2018 Listen to an audio of the latest episode in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s AfPak File Podcast about the 20 October Afghan parliamentary elections, featuring Co-Director of Afghanistan Analysts Network Kate Clark, Former Afghan Ambassador to France and Canada Omar Samad and The Wilson Center Senior Associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman, and is […]

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Who would want to be an Afghan MP?

Thomas Ruttig

AFP/Times of India, 17 October 2018 A short quote from AAN in this pre-election primer: Money, not altruism, was the key to getting elected in Afghanistan, said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network.

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Herat city is adorned with campaign posters - here in Tank-e Markaz Square – but the further you go out into the districts, the more campaigning diminishes in the face of insurgency and insecurity (Photo: Said Reza Kazemi: October 2018)

Afghanistan Elections Conundrum (18): A lively election campaign amid growing insecurity in Herat

S Reza Kazemi

There is a vibrant electoral atmosphere in Herat city and nearby district centres. Rival political forces have brought supporters onto the streets to show their power and candidates have opened campaign headquarters and engaged in a range of heated campaign activities. In the midst of the bustle, there are also concerns over a series of […]

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Vor der Parlamentswahl in Afghanistan: 2.565 wollen rein

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 14 October 2018 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in the Berlin daily, about Afghanistan’s parliamentary election campaign and the shortcomings in the election preparation that might inhibit its legitimacy (in German).

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Can religious leaders help keep Kabul’s water flowing?

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Deutsche Welle, 23 October 2018 Afghanistan’s water problems, another seriously underreported environmental issue, overshadowed by election reporting.

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Walls, trees and pylons in Maimana are all papered with candidates’ posters ahead of the upcoming elections. Candidates are having to concentrate on the provincial capital given that insecurity is making it difficult or impossible to get to other the districts. Photo: Ali Yawar Adili, October 2018

Afghanistan Elections Conundrum (17): Voters disenfranchised in Faryab

Ali Yawar Adili

Almost two-thirds of voters in Faryab will not be able to vote in the 20 October parliamentary elections after insecurity prevented them from registering. Since voter registration ended in early July, the government has seen an even further loss of control and more than a dozen additional polling centres have since closed. AAN’s Ali Yawar […]

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Trumps Trio am Hindukusch

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Frankfurter Rundschau and Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 11 October 2018 In an article about the leading US policy  figures in Afghanistan, AAN is quoted in both German newspapers as source, based on sources in Kabul, that US peace envoy for Afghanistan only has ten months from Trump to come up with a solution (in German).

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Without voting rights, Afghan refugees face political alienation

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Deutsche Welle, 11 October 2018 Over 4 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran are not allowed to cast their votes in the upcoming Afghan parliamentary election. The refugees fear the next legislative body won’t protect their interests.

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