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21 October 2010: New AAN paper on the Ex-Taleban on the High Peace Council

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AAN’s latest discussion paper by Thomas Ruttig provides a first analysis of the former Taleban members on the newly-established Afghan High Peace Council (HPC), of what their possible role may be in this body, their political and historical background as well as the development of their positions vis-à-vis a possible process of negotiations. More information […]

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18 October 2010: New report ‘Dangerous Liaisons’

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This USIP Special Report report by independent Afghanistan analyst Matt Waldman is based on six months of field research between January and June 2010, funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace and Canadian Global Peace and Security Fund and facilitated and supported by the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). The aim was to better understand insurgent […]

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7 October 2010: NAF collection on Afghanistan and Pakistan

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With the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan upon us, the New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative has relased a series of research papers describing the insurgencies in Pakistan’s tribal regions and in Afghanistan. These collections, called “The Battle for Pakistan” and “The Battle for Afghanistan,” represent some of the most […]

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4/5 October: TLO presents Uruzgan report

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Our partner organisation The Liaison Office (TLO) in Kabul has presented its latest report in the Netherlands’ parliament and in the Dutch Embassy in Kabul: ‘The Dutch engagement in Uruzgan’ – an analysis of the four-year Dutch civil-military engagement in this southern Afghan province that ended on 1 August this year. The publication of the […]

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15 September 2010: Matt Waldman’s USIP Peace Brief Out (with AAN input)

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Field research indicates that the coalition’s military surge is intensifying the conflict, and compounding enmity and mistrust between the Afghan conflict’s parties, concludes Matt Waldman in his Peace Brief titled “Navigating Negotiations in Afghanistan” and authored for the US Institute of Peace. It is therefore reducing the prospects of negotiations, which require confidence-building measures that should […]

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14 September 2010: new report by Martine van Bijlert ‘The Battle for Afghanistan: Zabul and Uruzgan’

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The New America Foundation released a new study on 14 September 2010 by AAN’s Martine van Bijlert: ‘The Battle for Afghanistan: Zabul and Uruzgan’. The paper, which is part of a series, explores the origins and evolution of the Taleban networks in these provinces and is based on several hundred interviews over the course of […]

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11 September 2010 – New AAN Report ‘Who Controls the Vote? Afghanistan’s Evolving Elections’

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A new report by AAN takes a close look at last year’s provincial council vote, in order to better understand how the upcoming parliamentary elections will probably proceed. You can download the report here. Also released on 10 September 2010: ‘Afghanistan’s 2010 Parliamentary Election: Missed Chances for Electoral Reform and Political Manoeuvering Will Weaken the New […]

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18 July 2010: Afghan Civil Society Launches Access to Information Campaign

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This morning a large number of Afghan civil society organisations and several media organisations used the media attention surrounding the Kabul conference to launch a campaign highlighting the need for access to information and calling for the necessary legislation to be drafted. The demand is an important one. The pervasive ambiguity, the lack of clarity […]

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29 June 2010, Washington: Afghanistan Today Karzai, Reconciliation, and Western Strategy

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As Afghanistan’s “summer fighting season” kicks into high gear and the Obama administration’s December 2010 review comes ever closer, join Afghanistan expert Martine van Bijlert and New America Foundation president Steve Coll for a discussion of Afghan politics, militant reconciliation, and the West’s plan in Afghanistan. For more details click here. A video of the talk […]

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29 June 2010: New AAN Thematic Report ‘How Tribal Are the Taleban?’ launched

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The Taleban in Afghanistan should be treated as a political movement with political aims, and not as a tribal one, concludes Thomas Ruttig, author of the new report ‘How Tribal Are the Taleban? Afghanistan’s Largest Insurgent Movement between Tribal Roots and Islamist Ideology,’ published today by the Kabul and Berlin based, Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). […]

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24 June 2010: New report – The Northern Front: The Afghan Insurgency Spreading beyond the Pashtuns

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One of the key developments in Afghanistan during the last year is the expansion of insurgent activity in the northern region. The latest AAN briefing paper analyses this expansion and points to the crucial fact that the Taleban are expanding their constituency into non-Pashtun areas. The paper is authored by Antonio Giustozzi, prominent scholar of […]

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27 May: New AAN report about Local Defence Initiatives launched

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AAN’s Thematic Report 03/2010 ‘Local Defence in Afghanistan: A Review of Government-backed Initiatives’ by Mathieu Lefèvre unpacks the myths about local defense initiatives in Afghanistan. His analysis of three local defense initiatives shows the contradictions in the claimed successes and points at possible long-term security challenges posed by these initiatives. In this report, Mathieu Lefèvre analyses three local […]

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