Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2019

AAN’s Eid al-Adha greetings – in a difficult time for Afghans

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سره له دي چي ډیری افغانان یو  غملړلی اختر لري او  په وروستیو کې يې د خونړیو پېښو له امله خپل  خپلوان او دوستان  یا له لاسه ورکړي او یا هم ټپیان شوي دي.د افغانستان د تحلیلګرانو شبکه هیله لري چي د لوی اختر په را رسیدو او د قربانیو او حاجیانو د دعاوو په   برکت […]

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A Leading Afghan Presidential Candidate Suspends Campaign

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Voice of America, 8 August 2019 This article about the Atmar-Qanuni (and Atta) team suspending its presidential campaign, because of internal differences, quotes AAN analysis: Candidate Muhammad Shahab Hakimi told the non-profit Afghanistan Analysts Network group that the coalition of candidates had suggested to Tadamichi Yamamoto, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan, the possibility […]

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How the CIA Aims to Keep a Footprint in Afghanistan

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Foreign Policy, 8 August 2019 The article doesn’t give much evidence about the assumption in the headline (which also would be difficult, not least because “The CIA did not respond to several requests for comment”) but provides a rare insight into the CIA-financed and -backed Khost Protection Force militia, including through interviews with members. The […]

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“Der Frieden in Afghanistan wird nicht so schnell kommen”

Thomas Ruttig

SRF4, 7 August 2019 Audio of an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on Swiss radio, discussing attempts for peace in Afghanistan, emphasising that a signed agreement between the US and the Taleban would not automatically end the war in Afghanistan (in German).

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America and the Taliban inch towards a peace deal in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

The Economist, 7 August 2019 A short quote of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, on the singularity of the recent intra-Afghan talks in Doha: There had been similar gatherings in February and May, but they had not included Afghan officials, according to Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a research group.

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Inside Afghanistan’s Desperate Battle to Control a Dam [Kajaki] in Taliban Country

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Vice, 6 August 2019 A rare and insightful photo reportage by Andrew Quilty from the government-controlled enclave near Kajaki dam.

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A still from the documentary showing a young girl wearing the traditional hat called kola-ye topak-dar in Daikundi province. Photo: Nasim Seyamak

A Kaleidoscopic Heritage: New efforts to promote Afghan traditions of art and culture

S Reza Kazemi

A fifteenth-century miniature painting of the prophet Yusuf brought to new life in an animation, puppets telling the modern love story of Siyamoy and Jalali and women’s traditional hats in Daikundi: all are featuring in a festival held in Kabul at the Qasr-e Chehel Sotun – the Palace of Forty Columns. The festival is one […]

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Nad-e Ali poppy farmer

Thematic Dossier XXIII: Afghan drugs – opium, cannabis and meth

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Since AAN was established ten years ago, drugs have often featured in our reporting, both directly and indirectly. Drugs and counter-narcotics efforts are not a priority for either Afghan politicians or foreign donors at this time. However, for anyone seeking to understand Afghanistan’s economy, people’s livelihoods and the political economy of elections, appointments and insurgency, […]

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A labourer in Nad-e Ali

Local Drug Markets Normalised, More Mass Treatment for Addicts, a Ministry Dissolved: A look at recent drug trends

Jelena Bjelica

Two new reports – UNODC’s annual survey and a scrutiny by SIGAR of US-funded drug treatment programmes – have revealed new trends in the drug industry in Afghanistan. Opium sales locally look to be increasingly normalised, and those with skills in harvesting the crop are doing well, even while farmers’ incomes have fallen. AAN’s Jelena […]

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