Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

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

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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 that the Taliban will take care of themselves: “The impotence of having to admit that we ourselves have no means of forcing the Taliban.”