Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: December 2018

What Would A U.S. Troop Reduction In Afghanistan Mean?

Thomas Ruttig

RFE/RL, 21 December 2018 A quote from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, next to Kabul analyst Haroun Mir, former Afghan deputy foreign minister Omar Samad, ICG’s Graeme Smith and others, on the reported Trump plan of a heavy partial troops withdrawal from Afghanistan: “This makes no strategical sense, as it weakens the U.S.’s own position and that […]

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Gespräche zwischen USA und Taliban: Kein Durchbruch in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 21 December 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig writes  about the outcome of the US-Taleban (and others’) talks in Abu Dhabi: “no breakthrough” and peace “still far out of sight” (in German).

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Thematic Dossier XXI: The aftermath of the 2018 Afghan parliamentary elections

AAN Team

Two months after Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections on 20 October 2018, a final result is still not in view. Afghanistan’s electoral institutions remain deep in their drawn out counting phase. A number of delays have made the original plan to announce a final result yesterday, on 20 December 2018, obsolete. To maintain an overview over post-elections […]

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Voters waiting for their turn to vote inside Masjid ul-Reza Mosque polling centre, while some are voting in polling stations and candidate agents and observers are either sitting or walking around, doing their work. Photo: Author/2018

The 2018 Election Observed (6) in Herat: Insecurity, organisational shambles, alleged rigging

S Reza Kazemi

Many have praised the parliamentary elections in Herat province in the far west of Afghanistan as second only to the capital Kabul in terms of turnout. There was indeed considerable enthusiasm and determination to vote from those who could get to the polls, but they were a restricted number, mainly those living in the provincial […]

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AAN’s Jelena Bjelica and Obaid Ali with Fabrizio Foschini on cultural history of cannabis in Afghanistan – December 2018. Episode: 2

Fabrizio Foschini

AAN’s Jelena Bjelica and Obaid Ali with Fabrizio Foschini discusses their next dispatch tracing the cultural history of cannabis and hashish in Afghanistan.   [Powerpress]

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AAN’s Jelena Bjelica and Obaid Ali with Fabrizio Foschini on cultural history of cannabis in Afghanistan – December 2018. Episode: 1

Fabrizio Foschini

AAN’s Jelena Bjelica and Obaid Ali with Fabrizio Foschini discusses their next dispatch tracing the cultural history of cannabis and hashish in Afghanistan.  

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The Forgotten Afghan Province That Is A Key Taliban Stronghold [Zabul]

AAN

RFE/RL, 16 December 2018 In this short portrait of Zabul province, AAN’s Ali Muhammad Sabawoon is extensively quoted about reasons for the local populations’ Taleban sympathies recorded by an Asia Foundation poll: Ali Mohammad Sabawoon, a researcher at the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul, says there are several reasons why there is […]

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Normally, this area would be bustling, with second-hand clothes and shoes sold from handcarts. During the August attack on Ghazni city, as many as 73 handcarts, all loaded with merchandise were burnt, according to a government fact-finding team. A month after the attack, this area, on the west bank of the River Jalga in the heart of the city, was still deserted. (Fazl Muzhary/AAN 2018)

Unheeded Warnings (1): Looking back at the Taleban attack on Ghazni

Fazl Rahman Muzhary

Four months after the Taleban captured large parts of the strategic and historic city of Ghazni during a five-day siege in August 2018, local people live in fear of a new onslaught. While the Taleban were ultimately pushed out – or withdrew – from the city, they remain in the suburbs and have extended their […]

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What Other Peace Processes Can Teach Afghanistan (1): Colombia’s agreement with FARC

Martine van Bijlert

With the renewed focus on possible peace talks in Afghanistan, it is useful to look at what can be learned from processes in other countries. Although they cannot be treated as models, they can serve as examples of what is possible and provide inspiration, ideas and a shared language. In the first dispatch of a […]

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“Förstå Afghanistan“: AAN contributed to Swedish Committee’s Afghanistan reader

Thomas Ruttig

The new “Förstå Afghanistan“ (Understanding Afghanistan) reader by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SAK) is out. It covers everything from Afghanistan’s history, its people, state and culture to Afghan-Swedish relations (in Swedish). It has an extensive reading list and scores of good photos. The book’s three dozen contributors include renowned Afghan, Swedish and other authors, […]

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How to Set up a ‘Good ALP’: The experience of Yahyakhel district, Paktika and how it became more peaceful

Fazl Rahman Muzhary Kate Clark

Yahyakhel district in Paktika province was once as pro-Taleban as it is now pro-government. The turning point came in 2011/2012, with the formation of a tribal militia, which was soon formalised into an Afghan Local Police (ALP) unit. Unlike many other ALP units, it has enjoyed local popular support and control. It has not abused […]

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One Land, Two Rules (2): Delivering public services in insurgency-affected Obeh district of Herat province

S Reza Kazemi

The matter of who governs the district of Obeh in the east of Herat province is complicated: control of the district is divided between the Afghan government and the Taleban, and shifts in unpredictable ways. The inhabitants of the district, usually via the mediation of elders, have had to learn how to deal with both […]

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