Zeit online (Hamburg), 19 December 2012 In an article on the recent trip of German President Joachim Gauck to Afghanistan, during which he re-started the rather bizarre discussion about whether there is a ‘war’ in Afghanistan (he called it a ‘war-like situation’), the author – a security blogger – lists some ‘wrong success stories’ by […]
Kommersant (Russia), 18 December 2012 In an article on Germany’s role in Afghanistan, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that he doesn’t expect that Afghanistan won’t become a central issue in the 2013 German elections.
US Institute of Peace, 13 December 2012 Read a short summary of the 11 December event at USIP Washington in which AAN Advisory Board chairman Francesc Vendrell and Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig discussed reconciliation and elections during two panels (see also ‘events’)
Basler Zeitung (Switzerland), 9 December 2012 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here: «Es gibt bereits so viele lokale Milizen neben der Polizei, das kaum noch jemand den Überblick behalten kann.» Mohammed Atta etwa, der Gouverneur in der Stadt Mazar-i-Sharif, die gleichzeitig als Hauptquartier der deutschen Bundes- wehr dient, hält schon lange Distanz zu Kabul. «Das […]
Neues Deutschland (Berlin), 7 December 2012 A portrait of Right Livelihoods Award (the ‘alternative Nobel’) price winner Sima Samar by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German, subscribers only)
Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 7 December 2012 Willi Germund, who has occasionally been an AAN author, reviews scenarios for post-2014 Afghanistan. He quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig with concerns about the ‘hugh number of militia units, besides the police’ and with his assessment that ‘the most rosy scenario imaginable’ would be ‘a patronage system in which different faction […]
Junge Welt, 6 December 2012 The Berlin daily reports from a conference organised by medica mondiale and quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s presentation there.
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 29 November 2012 In the context of the German parliament’s debate about an extension of the Bundeswehr mandate for ISAF Afghanistan, Thomas Ruttig’s writes about post-2014 perspectives, with a focus on the 2014 election, the succession debate in Afghanistan and the discussion about whether there should be foreign, UN-mandated members of the Election […]
Deutschlandfunk .de, 29 November 2012 Transcript of a full radio interview (in German) with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, discussing post-2014 scenarios and the role the international community needs to play for stabilisation. The radio station chose ‘It is not a full withdrawal’ (in 2014) as the headline, indicating that not only many in the public but […]
ARD tagesschau.de, 28 November 2012 Full interview (in German) with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: ‘I believe that it is in the interest of the governments who have sent troops into ISAF to present the situation in Afghanistan as more stable than it really is. Otherwise, the decision to withdraw the larger part of combat troops by […]
ARD tagesschau.de, 28 November 2012 AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini on Germany’s main TV channel’s website about Afghanistan’s future development: ‘The worry I have is not a civil war in Kabul. The political elite will possibly be able to prevent that they fall out with each other completely and fires rockets at each other. I am worried […]
Wall Street Journal, 25 November 2012 Wall Street Journal article selectively quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert (who had also stressed that such incidents currently remain small and scattered and do not necessarily represent widely spread sentiments): The incidents of sectarian tensions in Kabul that are becoming more frequent create a vicious circle, analysts say.