Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2023

Residents sit with a plate of eaten watermelon at a restaurant in Mirai bazaar in Andar district of Ghazni, after it was re-taken by the Taleban. Photo: Wakil Khosar/AFP, 3 June 2021

Finding Business Opportunity after Conflict: Shopkeepers, civil servants and farmers in Andar district

Sabawoon Samim

Andar district in Ghazni province was a battleground for most of the years of the Islamic Republic, from 2003 up until its fall in 2021. The conflict caused not only loss of life, but also severe damage and disruption to business. Andar’s economy is once again fully functional and, for the time being, it is […]

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The Daily Hustle: Selling traditional Afghan clothes on Facebook

Sayed Asadullah Sadat Roxanna Shapour

How to support your family when you have just lost your job during hard economic times? That was the question one journalist asked himself after his newspaper laid him off during the calamitous contraction of the economy in 2021 when the amount of international money coming into Afghanistan suddenly diminished. The journalist’s response surprised even […]

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Afghanistan Revised Emergency Appeal No: 2024MDRAF007 – Revision n° 6

International Federation of the Red Cross, 14 October 2023 Not exactly media, but the IFCR quotes AAN research in its situation overview for its emergency appeal: A major effect of decades of conflict is the high number of widows and female headed households. While there are currently no official statistics, the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) […]

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Afghan Refugees in Iran: Enduring Humiliation and Deportation

Hasht-e Sobh, 9 October 2023 While Pakistan is preparing to expel 1.7 million undocumented Afghan refugees, anti-Afghan sentiments are also building up in Iran’s population.

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Interview with Lisa Curtis US former NSC Senior Director for South Asia

Amu TV, 12 October 2023 A bomb-shell interview, giving us what many had thought, on the record now: namely that former US Afghanistan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had negotiated the 2021 Doha deal with the Taleban, that “sold out” Afghanistan, with the backing of President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo, but against strong objections of […]

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Die Bebenopfer sind meist Frauen

Tageszeitung, 8 and 12 October 2023 In these two op-eds for the Berlin-based daily (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarised the outcome of the recent series of earthquakes in Afghanistan, including the fact that most victims are women and children, and that the misogynist policies of the Taleban are directly and indir In these two […]

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Kafka in Cuba: A dossier of reports looking at the Afghan experience in Guantanamo

Kate Clark

AAN has followed the travails of the Afghans held by the United States at its prison camp at Guantanamo Bay on the island of Cuba for over a decade, prompted first by the cases of the five Taleban who were released in exchange for US serviceman Bowe Bergdahl in 2014, and later focussing on the […]

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Ahmad Massoud and the Arduous Path of Fighting Against the Taliban

Hasht-e Sobh, 1 Octobr 2023 A rare critical analysis from an Afghan source of the armed anti-Taleban opposition represented by the NRF and led by Ahmad Massud, deconstructing their self-produced myths that are widely believed true by not-so-well infirmed supporters abroad: Massoud fled the battleground before the Taliban seized the province, leaving the vulnerable citizens, […]

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Aid Diversion in Afghanistan: Is it time for a candid conversation?

Ashley Jackson

Diversion of aid in Afghanistan is in the news again, this time with allegations by the United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, that the Islamic Emirate or its officials are diverting humanitarian aid. Language in a draft US appropriations bill would prohibit any US assistance going “directly or indirectly” to […]

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