ABC, 14 February 2013. Kate Clark is quoted here on the latest Obama drawdown and victory speech: ‘They are spinning a narrative of victory. They are spinning a narrative that the insurgency is weakened, the Afghan national security forces are strong enough to take on the fight against the Taliban. But they are pulling out […]
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 11 February 2013. After the Karzai government’s enquiry confirmed an UN report about torture in Afghan jails, AAN’s Kate Clark comments: ‘I am glad that the UN report was confirmed. The problem is simply to big for a denial. Now it is important to draw the consequences.’.
NRC Handelsblad, 11 February 2013. In an article about the chances of a political deal with the Taleban, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: Het meest waarschijnlijke is dat alle partijen, al pratend, gewoon doorvechten. Een snelle, soepele vredesregeling is nog ver weg. Maar uitgesloten acht Thomas Ruttig, verbonden aan de denktank Afghan Analysts Network, vrede […]
NPR, 9 February 2013 Looking at Afghan-Pakistani governmental attempts to mobilise Islamic scholars against insurgent suicide attacks, AAN’s Borhan Osman is quoted as saying here: ‘The Afghan government has been trying since long to mobilize the ulema against some tactics that the Taliban use’. He adds that while the Afghan and Pakistani governments agreed to […]
The Long War Journal, 7 February 2013 In a summarising report on efforts to convene an Afghan-Pakistani ulama conference, the author extensively refers to an ‘in-depth report by the Afghan Analysts’ Network [sic], the delays and setbacks in getting the conference off the drawing board are due to conflicts between Afghanistan and Pakistan over the […]
Voice of America, 7 February 2013 Looking into the latest UNODC report on patterns of corruption in Afghanistan, the article quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the two sides of the phenomenon: the incentives coming from the West and the takers who are mainly Afghan: ‘There is so much money pouring in with insufficient oversight that […]
Express Tribune, 7 February 2013 Commenting on the optimistic UK-Af-Pak communique announcing an Afghan peace deal within 6 months, AAN’s Borhan Osman comments: ‘there is no guarantee that a peace deal would be achieved during the given time frame as there is no indication of change in the Taliban’s attitude towards the talks’.
El Snarkistani’s blog, 6 February 2013 The outstanding blogger explains why a bomb in far-out Faryab is significant, and quotes from Obaid Ali’s Faryab blog of last November where he already has raised concern about insurgents’ gains in that province.
AFP, 5 February 2013 In a report about the British-Afghan-Pakistani summit in London where the sides have agreed that they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as commenting that the timescale was ‘a bit optimistic’, although it was encouraging that both countries accepted the urgency of […]
Pajhwok News Agency (Kabul), 31 January 2013 The Kabul-based news agency picks up AAN’s report about the Kajaki dam project written by Noah Arjomand.
Islamische Zeitung (Berlin), 31 January 2013 The Berlin-based newspaper re-publishes a blog that summarises one of the latest publications of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: Das Scheitern der Luftlande-Demokratie in Afghanistan: Die Bonner Vereinbarungen von 2001 und die versandete Demokratisierung am Hindukusch – ein Blick von innen Thomas Ruttig, in: Marléne Neumann, Michael Schied and Diethelm Weidemann […]
The Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2013 The British daily reports about AAN’s latest report, authored by Noah Arjomand, looking at the project of refurbishing the Kajaki dam which was supposed to bring electricity to Kandahar but didn’t so far. It also has a reaction from the UK’s Ministry of Defence said: ‘The decision for UK […]