Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: May 2020

Despite the ‘peace process’, Afghanistan’s anguish endures

The Guardian, 20 May 2020 Op-ed by AANs Kate Clark who says that … the “peace process” initiated by Washington {…) has so far brought political dividends for the administration of Donald Trump but little protection for Afghan civilians (and that) Washington has no plan B if the Taliban do not actually want to negotiate […]

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The 17 May 2020 Political (power-sharing) Agreement between Dr Ghani and Dr Abdullah (Dari and English)

The signed copy of the agreement was posted on Dr Abdullah’s Facebook page on 18 May 2020. AAN’s working translation of the political agreement between Ghani and Abdullah In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Political Agreement In order to meet the expectation of the people of Afghanistan, support defence and security forces, […]

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End of the Post-Election Impasse? Ghani and Abdullah’s new power-sharing formula

Ali Yawar Adili

The electoral and political standoff which had beset the country for months has been ended by a new power-sharing agreement signed on 17 May 2020 by President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Dr Abdullah Abdullah. Both had claimed the presidency and held rival inaugurations in March. AAN’s researcher Ali Yawar Adili (with input from Thomas […]

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Machtteilung in Kabul: Der afghanische Präsident Ghani und sein Rivale Abdullah erzielen Einigung

Tageszeitung, 18 May 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the Berlin daily, analysing the new power-sharing deal in Afghanistan (in German). He wrote, for example: It is not clear whether [the fact that Abdullah has been handed responsibility over the peace process] is a concession by Ghani or whether he handed over the responsibility […]

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Trusts [sic] in harmony seem, by all accounts, to be sneaking away in Afghanistan

Pajhwok News Agency, 17 May 2020 This opinion piece by the Kabul-based news agency quotes AAN’s Kate Clark: “The Taliban have created an enabling environment for this kind of attack. If they had agreed a ceasefire it would be much harder for any group to carry out this kind of attack,” said Kate Clark, co-executive of the […]

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah sign power-sharing deal

The National, 17 May 2020 AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili is quoted here with analysis of the signing of the political agreement between President Ghani and Dr Abdullah: “This is the second time in a row that a presidential election has proved destabilising,” Ali Adili, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, told The National. “Afghanistan’s electoral […]

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Covid-19 in Afghanistan (3): Distributing aid and changing aid politics – view from a Herati village

S Reza Kazemi

At a time when coronavirus-related aid in Afghanistan is becoming a topic of heated discussion, and the cause of some unfortunate violent incidents, the aid that flowed into a rural community in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat was bitterly and deeply contested. With the day-to-day rhythm of life in this already impoverished village troubled by […]

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Why this hospital attack is pushing Afghans toward ‘tipping point’

Christian Science Monitor, 15 May 2020 This article in the US online daily quotes AAN’s Kate Clark as commenting on the current upsurge of fighting activity in Afghanistan and prospects for peace talks, via al-Jazeera: “If you look around Afghanistan today and the last few weeks, it looks like a normal spring offensive to me,” […]

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Hopes for peace appear to be slipping away in Afghanistan

The Guardian, 15 May 2020 AAN’s Kate Clark is extensively quoted in this article looking at the situation after a series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, for which the Taleban denied their involvement but was blamed by the Afghan government: “The Taliban have created an enabling environment for this kind of attack. If they had […]

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Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce

Foreign Policy, 14 May 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here: Thomas Ruttig, an expert on Afghanistan, believes that the hospital attack “fits the sectarian approach of the Islamic State … which primarily acts against ethnic and religious minorities,” and he likened it to an attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul in March that […]

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Krieg und Terror in Afghanistan: Chance auf Frieden vertan

Tageszeitung, 14 May 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the Berlin-based daily, saying that the latest series of terrorist attacks – although the Taleban strongly rejected their involvement – lowers hope for so-called intra-Afghan peace talks (in German).

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Afghan police force carve out tentative post-war role

AFP/The News, 14 May 2020 In this piece on the Afghan National Police’s role, AAN associate Fabrizio Foschini is quoted as saying: “When the new national police were born after 2001, they were basically asked to fight on the front line, not to fight crime, or to really do policing,” said Fabrizio Foschini, a researcher […]

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