Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2023

The Daily Hustle: How Afghan women working for NGOs are coping with the Taleban ban

Roxanna Shapour

Afghan women who were studying at university or working for NGOs have now had a few weeks to take in the implications of two decrees issued by Taleban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada which denied them a university education and banned them from working for NGOs. The announcements had come as successive blows to women who had […]

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An Afghan girl carries a thermos and packed lunch out to family members working in a field in Bati Kot district in Nangrahar province. Photo: Shafiullah KAKAR/AFP

What We Were Writing, What You Were Reading in 2022: Reports about economic struggle and loss of rights

Kate Clark

2022 was the year in which the new reality of Islamic Emirate rule bedded down, following the precipitous collapse of the Islamic Republic in 2021. In that year, our reports and, even more so, the attention of our readers was dominated by trying to make sense of the war, the change of regime and failure […]

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Die mächtigsten Männer der Taliban:„Auch die Pragmatiker sind Fundamentalisten“

Tagesspiegel, 15 January 2023 This article discussing the Taleban’s internal workings and reported ‘power struggle’ (in German), quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: Ruttig says: “The word power struggle dramatizes the situation far too much and arouses false hopes.” Even if there are certainly “arguments and conflicts”. Ruttig sees one thing above all in the Western hope […]

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Ground Zero: The Evacuation of the CIA’s Afghan Proxies Has Opened One of the War’s Blackest Boxes

The Intercept, 20 November 2022 Former BBC journalist Fahim Abed tackles a hot subject (regularly reported on by AAN, too), the role of CIA-led Afghan militias and commando forces, the so-called zero units, now evacuated to the US, regardless of (very plausible) allegations of severe human violations, if not war crimes – “celebrated as heroes […]

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Resistance to the Taliban: Current status and prospects for the future

Observer Research Foundation, 10 January 2023 This short online analysis (indirectly) quotes AAN’s Kate Clark on the prospects of the armed anti-Taleban resistance in Afghanistan: According to Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organisation based in Kabul, while the resistance is historically not that strong, the Taliban itself took years […]

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Spirale rigoriste en Afghanistan

Le clés du Moyen-Orient, 6 January 2023 The French website dedicated to events in the Middle East translates the balance of the Taleban restrictions on the freedoms of Afghan women from the personal blog of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, Afghanistan Zhaghdablai: En septembre 2022, Thomas Ruttig dressait un bilan de ces restrictions des libertés des femmes […]

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Afghanische Dozentin: “Ein Mädchen in Afghanistan zu sein ist ein Verbrechen geworden”

Stern, 3 January 2023 In this report about the Taleban’s ban of women from universities in the German news magazine quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig as saying that the ‘more pragmatic Taliban’ were able to make their eight felt in the longer run to achieve a shift in these policies.

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Menschenfeindliche Politik der Taliban:Das Aussetzen der Hilfe schadet den Afghanen

Tagesspiegel, 3 January 2023 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is one of the experts quoted in this article, in the Berlin-based daily, about the decision by non-governmental aid organisations to suspend their programmes after the Taleban ban on non-governmental aid organisations to employ Afghan women and the subsequent announcement of the German development ministry to suspend humanitarian […]

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The Art of the Tracker: How to find a thief in Afghanistan

Ali Mohammad Sabawoon

The art of tracking footprints to find thieves, and even murderers, is well-known in Afghanistan, and particularly in southern Afghanistan and in the areas where Pashtun and Baluch tribes live on the Afghan and Pakistani sides of the Durand Line, the de facto international border, it can be a paid profession. Although trackers are in […]

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Menschenrechte:”Wir verlieren sie, sie werden sterben”

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1 January 2023 In this article in one of Germany’s leading dailies discussing the German development minister’s announcement to suspend humanitarian aid for Afghanistan (in German), quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig as saying: If the federal government and others are now also suspending funding for humanitarian measures, “they are questioning it in the long […]

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