PBS/WLRN Miami, 7 January 2013 In a report about the forthcoming US visit of President Karzai, prospects for peace talks are discussed and AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted as saying: ‘I think peace is possible here.’ She says that one of the main challenges is that there are so many players — the U.S., the […]
Examiner.com, 4 January 2013 ‘According to the Afghanistan Analysts Network’s Thomas Rutting, claims of the Taliban “softening” its posture represent “wishful thinking” by Western leaders who are in “mission liquidation” mode and tend to frame minor developments as major breakthroughs. … Rutting also underlined the fact that the process still requires a broader representation of […]
AFP, 31 December 2012 ‘The Afghan Local Police, branded by some critics as an incompetent Taliban-linked militia, is one of the many security challenges facing the country as international troops withdraw’ writes the news agency and quotes AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini as saying: ‘Reducing insecurity in the short-term has positive aspects but it is laying the […]
ARD/Tagesschau.de, 31 December 2012 In an article discussing the viability of the Afghan security forces (in German), AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini is quotes as saying: “On paper, the army might have a good standard. Every Afghans supports it, even the Taleban; they want to have the command over it, naturally. But the quality of the recruits […]
Politiken (Denmark), 29 December 2012 Quotes by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in an extensive article about the Danish and the US military mission in Afghanistan.
Svenska Dagbladet, 28 December 2012 – Det är rätt att väcka frågan och det finns anledning till oro, men att det går så illa är inte alls givet. Att regeringen kollapsar är ett av flera tänkbara scenarier, säger Martine van Bijlert vid Afghanistan Analysts Network till TT. Mycket har förändrats i Afghanistan som inte är […]
Los Angeles Times, 27 December 2012 In this article taking stock of the Chantilly talks that included Taleban representatives, AAN’s Gran Hewad is quoted as saying: ‘It’s clear that the Taliban is not as popular as they were … or as strong […]. This is an opportunity. They are signaling that they are willing to […]
German Foreign Policy (blog), 21 December 2012 The blog summarises Thomas Ruttig’s contribution ‘Das Scheitern der Luftlande-Demokratie in Afghanistan’ to a German publication.
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 […]