Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2021

Afghanistan: Winning the War or Building a State?

ODI blog, 31 March 2021 In this short analysis of Western-funded security sector institution building and reform as well as of the current status of the ANSF main forces (except the NDS), the author states that “the objective of ‘winning the war’ has frequently undermined the very state that was being built” and that “[t]he […]

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Thomas Ruttig über die Lage in Afghanistan & die Taliban

Jung & Naiv, 31 March 2021 A 2.5 hours long interview with Tilo Jung in his video blog (in German) about the current situation, peace talks, Germany’s asylum policy and deportations and many other Afghanistan-related issues.

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Verhandlungen mit den Taliban: Schachzüge beim Friedensplan

Tageszeitung, 31 March 2021 A guest article for the Berlin-based daily by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, analysing the latest developments in the search for a peaceful solution to the Afghanistan war (in German).

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The Stagnation of Afghanistan’s State Institutions: Case studies of the Supreme Court, Senate, provincial councils and the constitutional oversight commission

Ali Yawar Adili Rohullah Sorush Sayed Asadullah Sadat

This report looks at the legal framework, status and trajectory of four important state institutions, both elected and appointed: the Supreme Court, Senate, provincial councils and the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC). According to the Afghan constitution, these institutions should play significant roles in providing checks and balances, accountability, representation […]

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Die Abschiebeoase: Das Hotel »Spinzar« in Kabul als erste Anlaufstelle für zurückgewiesene Geflüchtete

nd, 31 March 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig quoted in the Berlin based daily on Germany’s and Austria’s asylum policies on Afghanistan in this reportage by Emran Feroz about Kabul’s Spinzar Hotel, a transitional shelter for deported unsuccessful Afghan asylum seekers without a place or family to go to in Afghanistan (in German): Thomas Ruttig, Co-Direktor […]

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Afghanischer Präsident deutet Zustimmung zu Übergangsregierung an

dpa/SDA, 30 March 2021 The German/Swiss news agency includes a short quote by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on Afghan president Ghani’s (conditions-based) agreement to an interim government he, so far, had vehemently opposed (in German): Aus Sicht des Afghanistan-Experten Thomas Ruttig von der Kabuler Denkfabrik Afghanistan Analysts Network hat Ghani offenbar dem Druck der USA nachgegeben, […]

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The Taliban Think They Have Already Won, Peace Deal or Not

New York Times, 30 March 2021 A quote from AAN research by Thomas Ruttig in this article: In some areas under Taliban control, they have permitted schools for girls to continue operating, Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, pointed out in a recent paper — though, he notes, this may be driven more by political […]

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Have the Taliban Changed?

Thomas Ruttig

CTC Sentinel, March 2021 This is a guest article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the March 2021 issue of the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC’s) monthly Sentinel, at the Department of Social Sciences of the US’s West Point military academy. It is based on Thomas’s experience from working with the UN during and after the Taleban’s rule […]

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Češi v Lógaru šest let krváceli a pomáhali, teď provincii přebírá Tálibán

iDnes, 27 March 2021 AAN’s report by Ali Mohammad Sabawoon and Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article in the Czech online daily, taking stock of the Czech troops’ role in Logar province, under the title “The Czechs were bleeding and helping in Logar for six years, now the Taliban is taking over the province”: […]

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Afghanistan: “Only bad choices”

Journal21, 24 March 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted on the Swiss online news portal from his latest AAN report on the Afghan peace process and the US attempts to ‘accelerate’ it (in German): Thomas Ruttig, der Co-Direktor des „Afghanistan Analysts Network“ schreibt, die USA „faces only bad choices“. Was sie auch immer entscheiden, es […]

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Afghanistan 1400: The dawn and decline of a political movement

Rachel Reid

Ten years ago, a group of bright young Afghan professionals formed Harakat-e-Afghanistan 1400 (Afghanistan 1400 Movement), aiming to break the mould of Afghan politics. With the new century of the Afghan calendar year 1400 (2021) as their horizon, they wanted to establish a political entity that – unlike existing Afghan political parties – was not based […]

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Foes in Afghan War See a Common Threat of Islamic State’s Return

The New York Times, 22 March 2021 This story from Afghanistan’s Kunar shows the province after the defeat of the local Islamic State branch, in what it calls an uneasy truth between the Taleban and the government forces who cooperated against ISKP which has disintegrated there but not vanished – and it quotes AAN’s recent […]

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