Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Crisis Looms As Clock Winds Down On Afghan ‘Unity Government’ Deal

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 4 September 2016

In this article looking at the balance and prospects of the Afghan national unity government (NUG), author Frud Bezhan quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, among others:

“The political system we will see for a while is the current one, bogged down in an adjourned game with no easy and constitutional way out in sight,” says Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul. “This, of course, is very dangerous for the stability of the country.” (…)

“The extra-constitutional shortcuts suggested by some also do not guarantee that things improve — as this comes from sectors of the same elites who maneuvered the country into this situation,” Ruttig notes.