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AAN in the Media

Afghan Concern Over Western Disengagement

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IPS, 11 December 2014

In an article about Afghan concerns about western disengagement, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

“The political framework was never adequate,” Thomas Ruttig, co-director and co-founder of the Kabul-basedAfghanistan Analysts Network, told IPS. “Over the past few years the international community was busier – at least at the government level – with preparing the withdrawal and designing a positive narrative, rather than with the Afghans left behind.”

“Afghanistan has been a rentier-State for one hundred and fifty years, and will be dependent on external support for quite a while. In this phase we have to lighten the country’s donor dependency, we cannot just walk away. We have the political responsibility to keep to our commitments,” he noted.

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