Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Ghani, Abdullah Facing Off In Two-Horse Afghan Presidential Race

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RFE/RL, 25 September 2019

Two quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig – besides Chatham House’s Hameed Hakimi, and International Crisis Group consultant Graeme Smith:

“The political elites were unable to come up with a viable challenger [to the two NUG heads],” says Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the independent Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network.

As a result, Ruttig says, Afghanistan’s political system has become “stagnant.”

[Well, I would say the other way around – that the system is stagnant results in no really new options.]


“Ghani is targeting two key groups, the youth, through a social-media campaign, and community leaders,” says Ruttig. “Abdullah has concentrated on the usual ethno-political alliance building, mainly in the mujahedin camp.”