Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2021

A Sufi Lodge, a Leaning Minaret and a Polymath’s Shrine: A look at recent efforts to preserve – and appreciate – historical Herat

S Reza Kazemi

Herat, the oasis town in the far northwest of Afghanistan, has been a flourishing Sufi and cultural centre at various points along its long, chequered history. Based on observations, conversations and a literature review, and illustrated by photos, AAN researcher Reza Kazemi takes a look at the city’s rich heritage through three memorials: a tenth-century […]

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Afghanistan’s Divided Republican “Front”

Thomas Ruttig Ali Yawar Adili

ISPI online, 26 January 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Ali Yawar Adili have co-authored an article for an Afghanistan dossier published on the website of the Italian Institute for the Study of International Politics (ISPI), dealing with the composition of the ‘Islamic Republic of Afghanistan team’ at the intra-Afghan negotiations with the Taleban that started […]

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Living with the Taleban (3): Local experiences in Dasht-e Archi district, Kunduz province

Bilal Sediqi

In our third study exploring Taleban rule in territories under their control, AAN looks at Dasht-e Archi district in Kunduz province. The intra-Afghan talks in Doha may presage an Afghan state with key positions held by the Taleban. At the very least, the pattern of the Taleban controlling particular localities is likely to continue. In this […]

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Undermining The Taliban? Kabul Tries To Bolster Its Religious Credentials

Gandhara, 21 January 2021 The RFE/RL blog on Afghanistan and Pakistan quotes AAN’s Ali Adili in an article about what the Gandhara calls “conservative policies, including changes to the education system and family law” the Afghan government envisions to boost its ‘Islamic credentials’ vis-à-vis the Taleban: “Introducing these random conservative policies will only reinforce the […]

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Joe Biden Will Have to Address the War in Afghanistan—Again

The New Yorker, 20 January 2021 On the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president of the United States, Steve Coll looks at what he might do in Afghanistan. Assessing the war in the wake of the US’ deal with the Taleban, signed on 29 February 2020, Coll quotes AAN’s Kate Clark at length: Since […]

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AAN Obituary: Muhammad Azam Rahnaward Zaryab, pioneering Afghan writer and guardian of the Persian language

Thomas Ruttig

One of Afghanistan’s most influential and prolific writers died in a Kabul hospital 40 days ago on 11 December 2020. Born in Kabul in 1944, Zaryab wrote some of the first modern Afghan novels, and his contributions to Afghanistan’s literature inspired a new generation of Afghan writers. In Afghanistan’s post-Taleban media scene, the celebrated author […]

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Post-COVID constraints for Afghan food systems

Noragric blog, 19 January 2021 This blog entry by agriculture and development specialists Gry Synnevåg and Karim Merchant warns against severe long-term food supply-related consequences as a result of the ongoing Covid19 crisis for an already impoverished population in Afghanistan where 80-90% of the population rely on self-employment and derive their livelihood and income from […]

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Living with the Taleban (2): Local experiences in Nad Ali district, Helmand province

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What is it like to live in an area controlled by the Taleban? How does their rule affect your life and can you influence what they do? To answer these questions, we embarked on a research project scrutinising three districts in depth, looking at the local dynamics of citizen/Taleban interactions, the structure of Taleban government and whether local […]

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Britain should lobby US to keep troops in Afghanistan; Lords’ say

The Telegraph, 13 January 2021 This article in the British daily refers to “Kate Clark, Co-Director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a non-profit research organisation,… giving evidence to the Lords’ [ie British upper house’s] committee” on Afghanistan. The rest is behind a paywall.

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Talk to negotiators [here: Prof. Mohammad Amin Ahmadi]

Kabul Now, 11 January 2021 Very interesting views on what the Taleban want, the government’s red lines and the need for an Afghan peace movement.

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En Afghanistan, la difficile reprise des négociations

La Croix, 11 January 2021 This article about the (slow) start of th second round of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha has extensive quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig

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The Machh Massacre: Massive protests end in Balochistan over murder of Hazara coal miners…

Opindia, 10 January 2021 This article about the IS-claimed massacre of Hazar coal mine workers in Pakistan’s Balochistan province briefly quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig via an older al-Jazeera article, on pre-war discrimination of Hazaras in Afghanistan.

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