Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: December 2022

‘What will she grow up to be?’ Afghan backlash grows over Taliban’s ban on higher education for women

Arab News, 28 December 2022 This article quotes from AAN research on the Taleban’s double standards on girls’ education: The rules do not seem to apply to the Taliban elite, however. According to the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), an independent, non-profit policy research group based in Kabul, senior Taliban officials have their daughters enrolled at […]

AAN in the Media Read more

Bildungs- und Arbeitsverbote für Frauen sind sogar unter den Taliban umstritten

Augsburger Allgemeine, 28 December 2022 This article discusses internal Taleban differences of opinion about the girls education and NGO women work ban, quoting AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German): The co-founder of the independent think tank Afghanistan Analysts Network, Thomas Ruttig, has information that the Ministry of Health has previously announced “that medical staff are not […]

AAN in the Media Read more
women education protest

Strangers in Our Own Country: How Afghan women cope with life under the Islamic Emirate

Roxanna Shapour Rama Mirzada

Sixteen months since its takeover of Afghanistan, the Emirate has imposed sweeping new restrictions on women’s lives, kicking female students out of universities and education centres, and banning women from working for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The bans have come on top of the continuing closure of girls’ high schools, the banning of female civil servants from offices, […]

Rights and Freedoms Read more

Frauenrechte in Afghanistan: Tür zu im Hilfssektor

Tageszeitung, 27 December 2022 In the Berlin-based daily, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reports about the Taleban’s employment ban for Afghan women in non-governmental aid organisations (in German).

AAN in the Media Read more

Die Rache der Taliban

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27 December 2022 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here extensively on the current situation in Afghanistan and particularly on aid delivery. Afghanistan expert Thomas Ruttig has identified a “victory frenzy” among the Taliban. After their success over the Western troops and the overthrow of the government of President Ashraf Ghani, the feeling has […]

AAN in the Media Read more

Sorge um letzte Bildungschancen für Frauen

ORF, 24 December 2022 The transcript (in German) of a report about the Taleban’s rollback of women’s rights in Afghanistan in the prime news of Austria’s main public TV broadcaster with quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: “After the experience with the university ban, one can no longer rule out that the Taliban will close all […]

AAN in the Media Read more

Nach Hochschulverbot: Afghanistan-Experte befürchtet komplettes Bildungsverbot für Frauen

RND, 22 December 2022 In this article published by the RND group of German newspapers, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that – after the Taleban ban of female students from Afghan universities –, it cannot be ruled out that rumours going around in Afghanistan that all girls school might be closed, too, become […]

AAN in the Media Read more

Gefährliches Halbwissen: Univerbot für afghanische Frauen

Tageszeitung, 22 December 2022 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks at the Taleban’s total ban for women attending university and quotes various analyst on what the reason for this unique step may be (in German).

AAN in the Media Read more
A Kuchi winter camp in Goshta district, Nangrahar. Photo: Fabrizio Foschini, 2012.

Conflict Management or Retribution? How the Taleban deal with land disputes between Kuchis and local communities

Fabrizio Foschini

A series of clashes between local villagers and incoming Pashtun groups in the northern province of Takhar brought the issue of conflict over land back into the spotlight. This is an age-long problem, but the collapse of the Republic shifted local power balances and brought different communities onto the winning side. As a result, many […]

Political Landscape Read more

Hamid Karzai is trying to find his place in the new Afghanistan

Washington Post, 22 December 2022 An article plus interview looking at former President Karzai holding out in Taleban-controlled Kabul, as some believe “biding his time” for another political role in h future, with his “strong relationships with the West, as well as with China, India, Russia and Iran.” Karzai, however, insists he has ‘no aspirations […]

Recommended Reads Read more

‘Let Afghan Girls Learn’

Indian Defence Review, 16 December 2022 This article quotes from older AAN research: While depriving the Afghan girls by sending them to schools, on the contrary, and as per the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) report, more than two dozen top Taliban leaders are educating their daughters at schools in Doha, Peshawar and Karachi. The leaders […]

AAN in the Media Read more

AAN: Former President Ghani’s ‘Ethnicisation’ of Forces Pushed Collapse of Afghan State

Khaama, 15 December 2022 The independent Afghan news agency reports AAN’s latest report, “What Went Wrong: The 2021 collapse of Afghan National Security Forces”, by Timor Sharan: The collapse of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the collapse of the Afghan state were attributed to Ghani’s strategy of “ethnicisation” and “politicization” of the security […]

AAN in the Media Read more