Tageszeitung, 17 March 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig analyses the latest US plan for Afghanistan for the Berlin-based daily (in German), arguing that most of those planned to be invited to a peace conference in Turkey are accused of war crimes. It would be th political end for President Ghani’s increasingly corrupt and authoritarian government, but […]
nd, 12 March 2021 On the twentieth anniversary of the destruction of the two giant buddha statues of Bamian by the Taleban, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reminisces about various visits to the Central Afghan valley in the Berlin-based leftwing daily (in German).
Gandhara (RFE/RL), 8 March 2021 Author Abubakr Siddique quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s analysis at AAN of the new US peace plan (incl. a new international ‘Bonn-style’ conference): Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul, noted that the proposed plan prioritizes U.S. interests and timelines even more than the […]
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 8 March 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article of the leading Swiss daily describing the power balance between government and Taleban in Afghanistan (in German): «Laut Schätzungen kontrollieren die Taliban heute zwischen 50 und 70 Prozent des Territoriums», erklärt Thomas Ruttig vom unabhängigen Think-Tank Afghanistan Analysts Network. Da sie vor allem […]
Khaama, 7 March 2021 The Kabul-based news agency quotes from AAN analysis by Thomas Ruttig of the new US peace plan for Afghanistan: Afghanistan Analysts Network reported that Khalilzad also proposed a Bonn-type conference that would be aimed to either cancel or sideline the peace process. The “Bonn 2” have been discussed in a number […]
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 26 February 2021 This article in the lading Swiss daily on the latest UNAMA civilian casualties report quotes from Kate Clark’s analysis of the report: Laut Kate Clarke vom Afghanistan Analysts Network haben die Aufständischen nach ihrem Erfolgserlebnis in Doha begonnen, langsam an der Gewaltspirale zu drehen, um zu testen, wie die USA […]
taz, 25 February 2021 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looking at the February 2020 US-Taleban deal, saying that it has been designed to open doors for the Taleban, so that US troops could withdraw (in German, a short version of this AAN analysis).
ND, 23 February 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig analyses the recent UNAMA civilian casualties report for the Berlin-based leftwing daily in German).
Tageszeitung, 23 February 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig’s op-ed for the Berlin-based daily on the resumption of the long-blocked intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha and the Biden administration’s announcement to ‘review’ the Doha troop withdrawal deal with the Taleban.
ORF, 23 February 2021 A short statement by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the security situation in Afghanistan after Austria, Sweden and other European countries deported a group of rejected Afghan asylum seekers in a joint flight organised by the EU’s Frontex agency (after 14:00 min, in German).
Radio Eins, 19 February 2021 Listen to an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about perspectives for Afghans and Afghanistan’s after the US-Taleban troop withdrawal agreement (in German).
HR2, 19 February 2021 Listen to an almost hour-long podcast (in German) on German public radio composed of different pieces and interviews (one with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig), discussing the situation in Afghanistan, including the peace talks and Germany’s role.