Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2021

American politics grounded in fear, ignorance and fantasy: New special report on Afghans in Guantanamo, as US prepares to withdraw troops

Kate Clark

President Joe Biden has announced that American troops will leave Afghanistan before 11 September 2021, a day that will mark twenty years since al-Qaeda attacked the United States and drew US forces to Afghanistan. Another anniversary is also looming: it will soon be twenty years since President George Bush opened the Guantanamo Bay detention camp […]

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New Special Report from AAN: “Kafka in Cuba, a Follow-Up Report: Afghans Still in Detention Limbo as Biden Decides What to do with Guantanamo”

Kate Clark

As newly-elected United States President Joe Biden considers what to do with the almost two-decades-old ‘war on terror’ detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, we publish a special report on the last Afghans held there. Two Nangraharis, Asadullah Harun Gul and Mohammad Rahim, have both been detained since 2007. We also trace the fates […]

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“Die Taliban regieren bereits große Teile des Landes”

Die Zeit, 17 April 2021 An extensive interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig with the online version of the leading German weekly, commenting on the announcement of the unconditional withdrawal of US troops and the Taleban’s rejection to attend a planned peace conference in Istanbul.

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Afghanistans ungewisse Zukunft

SRF, 16 April 2021 Listen to a 20 minutes interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig at Swiss public radio looking at scenarios following th announced US military withdrawal from Afghanistan (in German).

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Afghan towns brace for economic and security upheaval as US bases prepare to close

Stars and Stripes, 16 April 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article about possible economic consequences of the US and NATO troop withdrawal: If the economy gets worse, people may take up weapons again to feed their families, said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network. “Afghanistan might become worse off (economically) than […]

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Präsident Ghani allein zu Haus

nd, 15 April 2021 Guest article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the Berlin-based lftwing daily, analysing the situation in Afghanistan after the final US troop withdrawal decision and the Taleban cancellation of their participation in the planned Istabl piece conference, also looking at first reactions from Afghanistan (in German).

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Disbanding the ALP – An Update: Major transition of security forces achieved during wartime, but at a cost

Kate Clark

It is now six months since funding for Afghanistan’s oldest and largest community defence force, the Afghan Local Police (ALP) ended, and three months since the force should have been wound up. The early stages of the disbandment went badly, as we reported in October. The government was late in making preparations and failed to […]

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Afghans face pivotal moment as US prepares to ‘close the book’

Kate Clark

BBC, 14 April 2021 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted in an article by the BBC’s Chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, about US President Joe Biden’s plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021. “The Taliban leadership has shown no sign of wanting peace, and every sign of wanting to pursue a route […]

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Afghanistan’s Ethnic Groups Share a Y-Chromosomal Heritage Structured by Historical Events

PLoS ONE, 7 (3) (2012) This 2012 article sheds interesting light, based on scientific data from genetics research, on the much-discussed ethnic diversity of Afghanistan – pointing to little-known and important commonalities: Afghanistan … has been inhabited since the Paleolithic and later became a crossroad for expanding civilizations and empires. Afghanistan’s location, history, and diverse […]

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Afghanistan’s press freedom is threatened. Meet the young journalists fighting for it

Reuters, 13 April 2021 AAN’s Ali Adili is quoted in this analysis of the Afghan media under threat: Ali Ya[w]ar Adili, researcher at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent policy research organisation, calls the post-2001 era “a radical transformation of the country when every single aspect saw a change.” (…) Between 2001 and 2014, the media slowly […]

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Nach 40 Jahren Krieg: Frieden für Afghanistan mit deutscher Hilfe?

Tagesspiegel, 12 April 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in the Berlin-based daily about possible international leverage vis-a-vis the Taleban after an eventual peace deal (in German), in an article about the role of the German Berghof Foundation in the Doha peace talks: Auch Thomas Ruttig, Co-Direktor desAfghanistan AnalystNetwork, weist darauf hin, dass rund zwei […]

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Zerstörtes Land, zerstörte Leben : „Ich wäre so gerne mit ihnen gestorben“

Tagesspiegel, 11 April 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article telling the stories of families of victims of the latest wave of assassinations in Kabul, on the reasons for the escalation of violence and the return of the Taleban (in German, behind a paywall): „Afghanistan war damals eine Wiederaufbau-Aufgabe“, sagt Thomas Ruttig. Der […]

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