Detektor.fm (German internet radio), 10 January 2013 Listen to an audio (in German) with an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, commenting on the so-called ‘zero option’ of a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and about the country’s post-2014 prospects of stability.
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, 8 January 2013 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert contradicts assumptions of a post-2014 collapse in Afghanistan: ‘There is now a sense [among foreigners] that the lights are going to go out in 2014, that the sun is going to stop shining. In the early years, they had this overly rosy picture, but since […]
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 8 January 2013 In a short article, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reports a gang rape case from Ghazni province and the protest campaign of Afghan civil society organisations for a better implementation of the Law for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also quoting AAN’s Wazhma Samandary’s AAN blog on the subject.
ARTE online, 8 January 2013 The French-German TV channel’s website publishes an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about the humanitarian outcome of the Afghan war. He mentions the lack of a sufficient response by governments to the UN calls for winter relief, the problems of civilians between the frontlines and of the population […]
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.