Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15 December 2020 The German daily quotes “Afghanistan expert” Thomas Ruttig that the Afghan refugee ministry has confirmed the resumption of deportation flights for rejected Afghan asylum seekers from several European countries.
Deutschlandfunk, 25 November 2020 Listen to an audio of a 45 min discussion between about Biden’s future foreign policy, with a strong emphasis on Afghanistan (in German). Participants: Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, German Marshall Fund, Jana Puglierin, European Council on Foreign Relations, Thomas Ruttig, Afghanistan Analysts Network, Johannes Varwick, University Halle-Wittenberg.
The Guardian, 21 November 2020 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted here on the wave of targeted killings in Afghanistan: “It feels quite random, in terms of who gets killed, but not random in terms of the types of people who get killed. They are targeting what I’d call public intellectuals, researchers, activists, journalists, people working […]
Tageszeitung, 21/22 November 2020 Op-ed article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about how the Taleban’s parallel administrations in Afghanistan functions, based on AAN research from the series “One Land, Two Rules” and “Living under the Taleban” (in German).
Tageszeitung, 18 November 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about Trump’s announcement about a swifter troop reduction in Afghanistan, what it means and the Taleban-related issues (links with al-Qaeda and violence levels) that put the US-Taleban agreement in question (in German).
ARD-Tagesschau, 17 November 2020 Interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, published on the leading German public TV channel’s website, on Trump’s decision to further reduce US troop numbers in Afghanistan (in German): “This plays into the Taleban’s hands.”
AFP/Wiener Zeitung, 17 November 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this AFP Germany news item as saying, regarding the logistic challenges related to the hastened US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan (in German): Klar sei, dass die “nichtamerikanischen Truppen ohne die US-Soldaten nicht in Afghanistan bleiben könnten”, sagte der Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig der Nachrichtenagentur AFP. […]
RFE/RL, 14 November 2020 AAN’s Ali Yawar Adeli is quoted in this news item as saying, about demands from within the Afghan government process at US president-elect Joe Biden’s address to ‘review’ the peace process with the Taleban: “There has been no articulation on the part of the government as to how it wants the […]
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 3 November 2020 Kate Clark’s analysis for AAN of recent trends of violence in Afghanistan is quoted in this article in the leading Swiss daily, NZZ: Das Afghan [sic] Analysts Network schreibt in seinem jüngsten Bericht, dass das Abkommen mit den USA und die intraafghanischen Friedensgespräche vor allem den Taliban genützt hätten. Die Zugeständnisse […]
La Cronica Coruna, 2 November 2020 The Spanish news website quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, on a report that showed that Afghanistan was “the most lethal country in the world”: “El acuerdo entre EE UU y los talibanes aún no será un acuerdo de paz, aunque la disposición, o no, de los talibanes para otro alto […]
La Croix, 27 October 2020 The French daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig bout one of the hurdles for progress in the intra-Afghan talks in Doha: « Ni le gouvernement afghan ni les talibans ne veulent reconnaître la partie adverse », explique Thomas Ruttig, codirecteur de l’Afghanistan Analysts Network. « C’est pour cela que les talibans […]
Il Manifesto, 23 October 2020 The Italian left-wing daily quotes from a recent AAN report by guest author Andrew Quilty: DA FEBBRAIO IL CONFLITTO è cambiato. Gli americani e i Talebani non si fanno più la guerra, se non in circostanze particolari, comenei giorni scorsi nella provincia meridionale dell’Helmand, quando gli aerei statunitensi sono intervenuti per […]