Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2021

Commentary: The True Cost Of Cutting Funding To Afghanistan

Gandhara, 30 August 2021 Opinion piece by AAN member and former had of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, Anders Fänge, arguing that the IMF, World Bank and US freezing/blocking of Afghan currency reserves and other financial means as well as some government’s halt of development assistance to Afghanistan  was “a recipe for disaster”, particularly for Afghanistan’s […]

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Afghan activist says Ashraf Ghani and Joe Biden caused misery and chaos

Deutsche Welle, 27 August 2021 Interview with ex-head of Afghan Red Crescent and Doha negotiator Fatema Gailani at the German international public broadcaster.

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A Week Into Taliban Rule, One City’s Glimpse of What the Future May Hold

New York Times, 15 August 2021 The first detailed report about day-to-day life and Taleban attempts to govern and re-install public services from a province outside of Kabul under their control, Kunduz.

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Backing the UN can help Afghans facing a tough winter

Chatham House, 26 August 2021 … the international community must come together behind the United Nations (UN) to engage with the new administration in Kabul. The priority tasks to focus on are releasing frozen assets, mobilizing humanitarian assistance, refocusing the UN presence in the country, and setting ground rules for future collaboration in all sectors […]

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How exile changed the Taliban

Financial Times, 25 August 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on the controversial issue whether the Taleban have changed or not: Thomas Ruttig, a founder of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the Taliban had always been a “learning organisation” well aware of its past failures. Some former officials of the Taliban’s 1990s government […]

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UN Human Rights Council to talk about Afghanistan: Why so little appetite for action?

Rachel Reid Ehsan Qaane

The United Nation’s Human Rights Council is holding a Special Session on Tuesday (24 August) to discuss the human rights situation in Afghanistan – both past and present. The resolution they will be considering has been drafted by Pakistan, the Taleban’s main international backer. Pakistan is currently the human rights coordinator of the Organisation of […]

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The Taleban’s rise to power: As the US prepared for peace, the Taleban prepared for war

Kate Clark

It seems likely that the twentieth anniversary of the al-Qaeda’s 2001 attacks on the United States – the event that brought the American military to Afghanistan – will be remembered for the start of the second Taleban emirate. After President Joe Biden announced the full, rapid and unconditional withdrawal of all international military forces from […]

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The Taleban leadership converges on Kabul as remnants of the republic reposition themselves

Martine van Bijlert

The various Taleban leaders have started converging on Kabul. The ever-elusive but eminently reachable, Taleban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahed showed his face for the first time in a press conference at Kabul’s media centre. What he said matched earlier messaging by the Taleban, as he sought to assure both the Afghans and the international community of […]

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As I walk around Kabul, the streets are empty of women

The Guardian, 19 August 2021 Laila Haidari, the owner of Taj Begum restaurant, wrote on her social media page: “The world changed for us for ever. Taj Begum is no more.” She, along with many businesswomen, closed her restaurant after the fall of Kabul. Another popular restaurant a few hundred metres away, also run by […]

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Taliban rule the second time round – what to expect?

Qantara, 17 August 2021 The Germany-based Near/Middle East-centered website reviews AAN co-founder Thomas Ruttig’s paper for CTC Sentinel on “whether the Talban have changed.”

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