Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Thomas Ruttig

The Taliban’s Qosh Tepa Canal Disguises A New Potential Conflict

Atlas News, 18 July 2024 This report about one of the largest Taleban-driven development projects (behind a paywall) quotes from AAN research.

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Taliban tries reconciling science and religion in facing climate change

Washington Post, 12 July 2024 Brilliant reportage by Rick Noack from Afghanistan, describing – in a series of telling quotes – the Taleban’s position(s) on climate change (they are no climate change deniers) and cleaning up the misunderstanding that not-much-educated villagers would be unable to grasp the climate crisis: … during a recent workshop (…) […]

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How to engage with the Taliban, if you have to

The New Humanitarian, 11 July 2024 An opinion piece published by Patricia Gossman, Associate director for the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, and Fereshta Abbasi, Afghanistan Researcher at that organisation, at The New Humanitarian, following the third UN-sponsored Afghanistan special envoy meeting in Doha, with (not-so-high ranking) Taleban representatives participating, while, also for the first […]

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Cholera Outbreak Hits Afghanistan Amid Natural Disasters, Crumbling Health Care

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 25 June 2024 … nearly 47,000 Afghans who have contracted cholera so far this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (…) At least 25 people have died of the disease so far in 2024 in Afghanistan, which has the highest number of cases in the world, according to a […]

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As Taliban limits options for Afghan women, many lead secret lives online

Washington Post, 5 July 2024 The Posts reports that, “banned from secondary and higher education,” many Afghan women “attend online classes, learn foreign languages with the help of AI chatbots and e-books, and trade cryptocurrencies in the hope of becoming financially independent.” They also run businesses online. But they also worry “that these havens might be short-lived”, […]

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‘Nothing compensates for the stolen years’: the Afghan women rebuilding shattered dreams in Iran

The Guardian, 4 July 2024 Stefanie Glinski’s reportage from Iran about Afghan women going to Iran to study, saying that more than 40,000 Afghan students – most of them women – were now studying at university in Iran, according to the country’s deputy science minister for international affairs. At the same time, more than 600,000 Afghan children are […]

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Reden mit den Taliban? “Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan wären ein Drahtseilakt”

n-tv, 21 June 2024 Interview (in German) with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the ongoing German discussion about establishing contacts with the Taleban in order to enable the country to deport criminal Afghan asylum seekers.

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The Last Safe Spaces: Who will fund Afghanistan’s remaining shelters?

Elle, 12 June 2024 Another gripping reportage by Lynzy Billing, about Afghanistan’s remaining shelters for abuses women. It starts with this story: When the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in 2021, a Taliban member asked Razia’s father for her hand in marriage. Her family, former government workers, felt the marriage was the only way to […]

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Sicherheitslage in Afghanistan

ARD-Tagesschau, 19 June 2024 In this background story on the current situation in Afghanistan (video), before the backdrop of Germany’s current discussion about the resumption of deportations of Afghan criminal offenders, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted twice. He argues that the Taleban would welcome such contact as ‘a gift’, as it would boost their international […]

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1,000 days of education – equivalent to three billion learning hours – lost for Afghan girls

UNICEF, 13 June 2024 In this statement, UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell, summarises the effects of the IEA’s effective ban of girls’ education beyond class 6.

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»Et lille gennembrud«: Første land har fjernet Taleban fra terrorliste (“A small breakthrough”: First country has removed the Taliban from the terrorist list)

Politiken, 8 June 2024 The Danish daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig here: Thomas Ruttig, co-founder of the independent Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), tells Politiken that most Central Asian countries do not consider the Taliban a threat. “Regional dynamics are at play here. Paradoxically, cooperation with the Taleban regime and trade routes through Afghanistan can make […]

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Afghanistan-Experte zu Abschiebungen: “Taliban würden das propagandistisch ausschlachten”

ARD, 5 June 2024 Interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on Germany’s main public broadcaster’s prime time news programme’s website, in the context of the country’s discussions on the resumption of deportations of Afghan criminals to Taleban-run Afghanistan und talks with the Taleban to accept such deportees, following a knife attack of an Afghan man that […]

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