Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: December 2018

Parlamentswahl in Afghanistan: Erst die Wahl, dann das Chaos

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 7 December 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reports about the Afghan election complaints commission (ECC) cancelling all Kabul votes of the 20-21 October parliamentary elections, toppling the country into new crisis (in German). He describes the Independent Election Commission, but also says that the ECC had let pass suspicious results from other provinces without taking […]

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Undocumented Afghans in Iran: Collateral damage of US sanctions

Thomas Ruttig

al-Araby , 7 December 2018 An interesting piece about how Afghans from different regions react to the sanctions-induced economic crisis in Iran, about their wages and how Iranian entrepreneurs save money employing undocumented Afghans.

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One Land, Two Rules (1): Service delivery in insurgent-affected areas, an introduction

Kate Clark Jelena Bjelica

The Taleban today control or influence whole swathes of Afghanistan. Estimates of exactly how much vary, but in the vast majority of Afghanistan’s provinces, control is split between government and insurgency. What that means for local people in terms of services usually provided by a state is the subject of a new research project by […]

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Can Afghanistan successfully regulate its private militias?

Thomas Ruttig

TRT World, 5 December 2018 AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted here extensively about a planned law to legalise (or bring under the law) illegale armed groups, although this is still an unlaid egg: “The National Security Council has not made a decision whether to legalise militias or not. It’s actually not finalised. There is an […]

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“There is no short way out”: A U.S. Ambassador Reflects on Afghanistan

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The National Interest, 5 December 2018 An interesting perspective on the current situation from the US, including the attempt to get peace talks with the Taleban going, by Ronald Neumann, who was US Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 and returns regularly to the country but is not a government official anymore but knows enough […]

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Defying history, Moscow moves to defend Soviet war in Afghanistan

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Washington Post, 4 December 2018 The op-ed says: Last month, Russian lawmakers took another big step in the same direction by approving a draft resolution that seeks to justify the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989. The formal vote on the measure — proposed jointly by lawmakers from the [pro-Putin party] United […]

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Getting to the Steering Wheel: President Ghani’s new set of peace proposals

Thomas Ruttig

President Ashraf Ghani updated peace plan, presented at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan on 28 November, the 13th international Afghanistan conference since 2001, built on the February 2018 Kabul Process proposals. Ghani foresees a five-phase approach to consultations and five years of implementation. At the same time, these proposals represent an attempt to reassert the Afghan government’s […]

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What are private security companies doing in Afghanistan?

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BBC, 2 December 2018 This article by the BBC Reality Check team, after the attack on the British security company G4S in Kabul, cites research by Fabrizio Foschini for AAN: Foreign security firms were also allowed to re-register as a risk management company. This allowed many companies to keep a footing in the security business, wrote […]

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How the Taliban gained the upper hand in a key province in Afghanistan

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Los Angeles Times and Stars & Stripes, 2 December 2018 This article on the Taleban’s military successes in Ghazni province quotes from AAN research: As early as 2015, shortly after the last U.S. forces left Ghazni province under a NATO drawdown, the Taliban controlled more territory there than the Afghan government did, according to the […]

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