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AAN in the Media

Afghanistan Braces for Renewed Conflict When America Departs

Wall Street Journal, 15 April 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here, answering the author’s question about a comparison of the situation when the Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 with the current US withdrawal context and the chance for unexpected reallignments: “In 1989 the institutions were more united, and everyone really was feeling […]

AAN in the Media

Präsident Ghani allein zu Haus

nd, 15 April 2021 Guest article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the Berlin-based lftwing daily, analysing the situation in Afghanistan after the final US troop withdrawal decision and the Taleban cancellation of their participation in the planned Istabl piece conference, also looking at first reactions from Afghanistan (in German).

AAN in the Media

An Endgame in the Endless War

Slate, 5 April 2021 Two quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this analysis by the US magazine of the The Biden administration’s search “for a way to get out—and stay out—of Afghanistan.” The first one on US co-responsibility for the current situation (ongoing and escalated war, not peace; high poverty levels instead of successful reconstruction) […]

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Afghanistan: Winning the War or Building a State?

ODI blog, 31 March 2021 In this short analysis of Western-funded security sector institution building and reform as well as of the current status of the ANSF main forces (except the NDS), the author states that “the objective of ‘winning the war’ has frequently undermined the very state that was being built” and that “[t]he […]

AAN in the Media