Tageszeitung, 1/2 August 2020 An op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig op-ed in the Berlin-based daily, looking at latest hopes and hurdles for Afghan peace talks, with a 3-day ceasefire over the Islamic holidays of Id al-Azha and announcements of both after parties to the war that tey were finalising a prisoners exchange which was designed […]
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29 July 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article looking at ptospects for Afghan peace and the announcement of new, three-day ceasefires by the Afghan government and the Taleban, arguing against the widespread assumption that the Taleban do not want to negotiate. He says that they speculate on a breakdown in […]
Gandhara, 29 July 2020 AAN’s Ali Yawar Adeli is quoted in this article on RFE/RL’s blog as saying: The question, however, is whether any middle ground between the two sides can be found. Ali Yavar Adeli, an expert at the Afghanistan Analysts Network, says an agreement can only come from a sustained discourse built upon […]
dpa/Frankfurter Allgemeine, 28 July 2020 This article, reporting the Taleban announcement of a three-day ceasefire over Eid ul-Azha, quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about current status of the conflict and ongoing Taleban violence: Thomas Ruttig von der Kabuler Denkfabrik Afghanistan Analysts Network sagte: „Die Taliban befinden sich vor allem wegen der Ungeduld Trumps, die US-Truppen abzuziehen, […]
Ariana News, 18 July 2020 The Kabul-based news agency summarised and linked to the latest AAN report about Logar by Ali Muhammad Sabawoon and Thomas Ruttig.
Foreign Policy, 17 July 2020 This article by Emran feroz looks at the outrage about Afghan warlord (and ex-Vice President) Rashid Dostum to the honorary rank of ‘marshal’. AAN#s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here, among others, as saying: “There is not the slightest doubt that Dostum has committed war crimes and had former or current […]
Tolonews, 26 June 2020 This news item is largely based on an AAN analysis of the Afghanistan part of the recent World Drug Report released by the United Nations Drugs and Crime Office’s (UNODC).
dpa/RFERL, 18 June 2020 The leading German press agency quotes an analysis by AAN’s Jelena Bjelica of UNAMA’s latest Afghanistan (anti-)corruption report that found a slowdown in the fight against corruption: Analyst Jelena Bjelica from the Kabul-based think tank Afghanistan Analysts Network sees a shift in the political priorities as a reason for the slowdown. […]
ARD, 18 June 2020 In this report by the “Monitor” political magazine on Germany’s main public TV broadcaster, covering growing US/NATO (and Afghan government) intransparency on the Afghan war, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted twice: on the importance of the SIGAR reports and on the purpose behind the intransparency in the US: to hide from […]
Tolo News, 13 June 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Kate Clark on the website of the popular Afghan TV channel and news website, based on her recent AAN Special Report “The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: Considering inequality, poverty and lack of democracy through the ‘rentier state’ lens.”
Foreign Policy, 4 June 2020 In this article by Emran Feroz, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted on the relationship between IS ‘Central’ and its Afghan branch, ISKP: But while ISKP’s parent organization is largely known in much detail, its Afghan branch remains mysterious since its first appearance in 2015. In a further perplexing twist, it […]
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 31 May 2020 AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted in this article, commenting on the Afghan government’s (lack of a) strategy, on links between non-Taleban foreign militant groups and the Taleban and on the strength of ISKP: “The government faced serious challenges for months,” says Obaid Ali, an expert on the insurgency […]