Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2021

At the Turn of a Century: A rare chance to discover Nawruz in history and in Afghanistan

S Reza Kazemi

By popular count at least, the coming solar year 1400 will usher in a new century in Afghanistan. Taking this as an exceptional once-in-a-lifetime chance, AAN researcher Reza Kazemi taps into a diverse array of sources, including history, literature and folk music, to look at Nawruz in deep time and through Afghanistan as a kaleidoscopic […]

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Playful Pastimes and Much More: Seven folk games from Afghanistan

S Reza Kazemi AAN Team

A ‘fundraising’ game by children to buy themselves treats for Nawruz, a children’s play that satirises wedding traditions, a funny game about how to deal with a duff player, a deceptively easy game particularly played by girls with hazelnut-sized stones, two more stone throwing games played by grown-ups and a complicated ‘egg fighting’ game favoured […]

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Gespräche mit Taliban und Warlords: Neuer Anlauf zu Abzug und Frieden

Tageszeitung, 17 March 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig analyses the latest US plan for Afghanistan for the Berlin-based daily (in German), arguing that most of those planned to be invited to a peace conference in Turkey are accused of war crimes. It would be th political end for President Ghani’s increasingly corrupt and authoritarian government, but […]

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Bamian: Eine Nacht mit Buddha

nd, 12 March 2021 On the twentieth anniversary of the destruction of the two giant buddha statues of Bamian by the Taleban, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reminisces about various visits to the Central Afghan valley in the Berlin-based leftwing daily (in German).

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Opposition, Skepticism Cloud New U.S. Proposal For Afghan Peace

Gandhara (RFE/RL), 8 March 2021 Author Abubakr Siddique quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s analysis at AAN of the new US peace plan (incl. a new international ‘Bonn-style’ conference): Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul, noted that the proposed plan prioritizes U.S. interests and timelines even more than the […]

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Die Taliban kontrollieren heute mehr als die Hälfte der Gebiete in Afghanistan

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 8 March 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article of the leading Swiss daily describing the power balance between government and Taleban in Afghanistan (in German): «Laut Schätzungen kontrollieren die Taliban heute zwischen 50 und 70 Prozent des Territoriums», erklärt Thomas Ruttig vom unabhängigen Think-Tank Afghanistan Analysts Network. Da sie vor allem […]

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Abdullah meets US embassy’s DCM as Taliban refuses ‘idea of interim gov’t’

Khaama, 7 March 2021 The Kabul-based news agency quotes from AAN analysis by Thomas Ruttig of the new US peace plan for Afghanistan: Afghanistan Analysts Network reported that Khalilzad also proposed a Bonn-type conference that would be aimed to either cancel or sideline the peace process. The “Bonn 2” have been discussed in a number […]

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“Another Bonn-style conference”: A new plan to ‘fix’ the war and enable US troops to leave

Thomas Ruttig

The United States envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has floated the possibility of a ‘new Bonn’ conference that could cancel or sideline the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha. ‘Bonn 2’ appears to have been discussed in some allied capitals and various Afghan leaders, although it is unclear how much buy-in the proposal has from them. […]

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Hit from Many Sides (2): The demise of ISKP in Kunar

Obaid Ali Khalid Gharanai

One year ago, the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State – called Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) – lost its last territorial base in Afghanistan in Kunar province. This followed a first severe defeat in their major stronghold in the country, in Nangrahar province in late 2019. No open ISKP presence is left in Kunar […]

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