Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Doubts cloud sense of relief as new Afghan government takes shape

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Reuters, 22 September 2014

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted on chances of governments of national unity in Afghanistan and elsewhere here:

Thomas Ruttig, of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said other countries’ experience with unity governments suggested they were only temporary fixes for entrenched power struggles. Those that do work tend to be in countries with strong civic institutions such as parliaments and courts, and Afghanistans’ are seen as weak.

“Afghanistan has a deal-making culture, but very often deals paper over the real problems,” Ruttig said. […] “It’s not only about the two leaders,” Ruttig said. “It’s also about their followers and backers – some of whom have shown they are more likely than their candidates to play with fire and the threat of violence.”