Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Dances With Warlords: Karzai’s Latest Grist for the Presidential Rumor Mill

Institute for the Study of War, 23 August 2013 Article on the possible presidential candidates and the likelihood of Abdulrab Sayyaf running, refers to a recent dispatch by AAN’s Martine van Bijlert: “Fahim’s concern with deflecting criticism touches upon another key line in Sayyaf’s proposal. The notion of legal immunity for former officials, in particular the mujahideen, has […]

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Opium-Anbau in Afghanistan: Ein Geschäft für alle

Frankfurter Rundschau, 21 August 2013 In this article about the drug economy, part of a series about the international drug business, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Doris Buddenberg are quoted. Thomas calls the international anti-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan, where all sides are involved in the trade – “contradictory” but Doris’ positions had been simplified: she in […]

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Neue Gewalt in Pakistan

Deutschlandradio Kultur, 9 August 2013 Listen to an audio of an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about the latest wave of violence in Pakistan, looking at the different strands of conflict – the Afghanistan-related one (and the different positions of the Afghan and Pakistani Taleban), the separatist movement in Balochistan and the sectarian […]

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Omar aus dem Off

Frankfurter Allgemeine (online), 6 August 2013 Analysing Taleban leader Mulla Muhammad Omar’s Eid festival message, Friederike Böge quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig as saying that the conspicuously repeated use of “I” in the message is to signal that doubts about him being alive and in control are a mistake (although the message doesn’t prove this). He […]

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Afghan Parties Jockey For Power Ahead Of Presidential Vote

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1 September, 2013 In an article about the forthcoming elections in Afghanistan, Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network was quoted on the political alliances within Afghanistan; ‘[He] said there is little reason to believe the alliance will succeed in setting aside their differences and uniting under a common aim. […]

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Mit Drogenbaronen gegen die Taliban

RBB-Inforadio, 30 July 2013 Within its two-day series titled ‘The Global Drugs Trade: From the Carbean to Berlin’s Hasenheide’, the regional radio station for Berlin and Brandenburg states interviewed AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the latest surge in Afghanistan’s opium production and its causes (here a summary on the station’s website in German). Ruttig argues that […]

AAN in the Media