Deutsche Welle, 11 September 2020 In this article, various Afghans and Afghan experts were asked about Germany’s role in post-2001 Afghanistan. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig was one of them. Thomas Ruttig, 63, is an Afghanistan expert and former diplomat. He serves as co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank based in Kabul and Berlin. […]
SRF, 12 September 2020 Listen to an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on Swiss public radio (in German) on the Doha Afghan peace talks.
dpa/Der Standard, 6 September 2020 This article (in German) gives a preview on the planned intra-Afghan (government-Taleban) peace negotiations in Doha. It quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig as saying that he does not believe that the Taleban will agree to the government’s demand to declare a ceasefire parallel with starting talks, but that there is a […]
Peace News Network, 5 September 2020 A short quote from AAN’s Kate Clark, on the Afghan peace talks, in this article.
RFE/RL, 27 August 2020 AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted in this piece, about the importance relations of current high-ranking Taleban officials had with late founder Mullah Omar for their current standing in the movement. “Mullah Omar was a charismatic leader and there remains huge respect for him, his family, and even his close associates, many […]
NPR, 18 August 2020 Kate Clark is quoted in this NPR analysis of how the Afghan peace process is faring and how US electoral politics might affect it – and affect Afghan politicians’ calculations: “The Kabul government does seem to be holding out for a Biden presidency.” Yet a Biden win might not help, says […]
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 19 August 2020 AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili is quoted here on the demands of the governments of France and Australia to President Ghani not to release certain Taleban prisoners, as they had killed soldiers of these countries: “Ghani might use some of these issues to make sure he is in control […]
Neues Deutschland, 17 August 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, looking ahead at the format and possible stumbling stones for intra-Afghan peace negotiations (in German).
Foreign Policy, 16 August 2020 AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted extensively about possible motifs for the Taleban’s uncompromising stance before the planned start of peace talks with the Afghan government. “The Taliban don’t want to become like the old jihadi factions and made useless. They can’t lose their religious dignity in this deal,” said Obaid […]
ORF, 14 August 2020 Listen to a radio interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) on Austrian radio, looking ahead at planned Afghan government-Taleban peace talks. Among other things, he underlines that the political concepts of the current Islamic Republic and the Taleban’s emirate. (Available for one week; after that search for Mittagsjournal under “Ö1 […]
Tageszeitung, 11 August 2020 Op-ed commentary by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the ‘Consultative’ Peace Loya Jirga in Afghanistan for the Berlin-based daily (in German), saying that the way the jirga was organised dos not represent popular inclusion and consensus building but top-down government imposition of its own position and that the jirga’s resolution which failed […]
SRF, 10 August 2020 Listen to an audio of an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) on Swiss public radio on the forthcoming intra-Afghan peace talks.