Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: June 2024

The Last Safe Spaces: Who will fund Afghanistan’s remaining shelters?

Elle, 12 June 2024 Another gripping reportage by Lynzy Billing, about Afghanistan’s remaining shelters for abuses women. It starts with this story: When the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in 2021, a Taliban member asked Razia’s father for her hand in marriage. Her family, former government workers, felt the marriage was the only way to […]

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Sicherheitslage in Afghanistan

ARD-Tagesschau, 19 June 2024 In this background story on the current situation in Afghanistan (video), before the backdrop of Germany’s current discussion about the resumption of deportations of Afghan criminal offenders, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted twice. He argues that the Taleban would welcome such contact as ‘a gift’, as it would boost their international […]

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The Daily Hustle: Eid-e Qurban, a time to reflect and be grateful

Ali Mohammad Sabawoon Roxanna Shapour

Today is Eid-e Qurban, also known as Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, which marks the most important religious holiday in Islam. On this day, Afghans, across the country will sacrifice cows or sheep in remembrance of the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael in submission to God’s command and of the […]

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1,000 days of education – equivalent to three billion learning hours – lost for Afghan girls

UNICEF, 13 June 2024 In this statement, UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell, summarises the effects of the IEA’s effective ban of girls’ education beyond class 6.

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Still Under Sanctions, Still Unrecognised: A dossier of reports on Afghanistan, international relations and aid ahead of Doha III

AAN Team

The United Nations is due to host a third meeting of Special Envoys on Afghanistan in Doha, on 30 June-1 July 2024, to discuss Afghanistan. It is aimed, according to a UN spokesperson, at increasing “international engagement with Afghanistan in a more coherent, coordinated and structured manner.” The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has said […]

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»Et lille gennembrud«: Første land har fjernet Taleban fra terrorliste (“A small breakthrough”: First country has removed the Taliban from the terrorist list)

Politiken, 8 June 2024 The Danish daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig here: Thomas Ruttig, co-founder of the independent Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), tells Politiken that most Central Asian countries do not consider the Taliban a threat. “Regional dynamics are at play here. Paradoxically, cooperation with the Taleban regime and trade routes through Afghanistan can make […]

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Afghanistan-Experte zu Abschiebungen: “Taliban würden das propagandistisch ausschlachten”

ARD, 5 June 2024 Interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on Germany’s main public broadcaster’s prime time news programme’s website, in the context of the country’s discussions on the resumption of deportations of Afghan criminals to Taleban-run Afghanistan und talks with the Taleban to accept such deportees, following a knife attack of an Afghan man that […]

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Taliban Poets Sing Praise Of New Afghan Order

AFP, 20 May 2024 AAN’s Roxanna Shapour is quoted in this news item: Roxanna Shapour of the Afghanistan Analysts Network said that by organising events such as poetry readings, the Taliban government is attempting to “create cultural cohesion” to match their pronouncements that “Afghanistan is for all Afghans” now that foreign forces have left. “It […]

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Angriff in Mannheim löst neue Debatte über Abschiebungen aus

dpa/Süddeutsche Zeitung, 4 June 2024 In this article about the debate of deportations of Afghan criminals, following the deadly knife attack of an Afghan on anti-Islam activists in Mannheim, during which he killed a policemen, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig warns that this would be a ‘fatal signal’ to a regime which would be interested in showing […]

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Wie Russland sich den Taliban annähert

Deutsche Welle, 4 June 2024 In this article (of which there is a German and a Russian-language version) looking at Russia’s announcement that it is reviewing its listing of the Taleban as a terrorist group, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted on Moscow’s interests in this matter: Die Annäherung an die Taliban sei Ausdruck der außenpolitischen […]

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The Daily Hustle: Why one Afghan girl decided to open her own madrasa

Ali Mohammad Sabawoon Roxanna Shapour

After the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan closed girls’ high schools, thousands of older Afghan girls were left behind from education. With not much to do except help with the household chores, many families decided to enrol their girls in a madrasa so that they could pursue their religious education. Many older girls, who had already […]

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