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3 December: New publication ‘Afghanistan, 1979-2009′

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The Middle East Institute (MEI) of the American University in Washington DC launched another of its special editions of its publication ‘Viewpoints’, titled ‘Afghanistan, 1979-2009; In the Grip of Conflict’. This volume is a compilation of short analytical essays intended to be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. The essays are authored by 53 Afghan […]

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24 November 2009, Berlin: Afghanistan conference of German NGOs

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“Mission impossible in the Hindukush? Taking stock of international Afghanistan policies” – a conference organised by VENRO, the umbrella of German developmental NGOs. AAN’s Martine van Bijlert will be one of the presenters. The security situation of Afghanistan’s population has drastically deteriorated over the past years – despite the international communities engagement. Aid workers have increasingly become targets […]

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Soon to come: AAN policy paper: The ‘Afpak’ Strategy – Perceptions and Visions in Pakistan

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Based on earlier experience with the United States, from the very beginning there was an inherent element of doubt amongst political actors and analysts in Pakistan in the sincerity of the new ‘Afpak’ policy says Pakistan expert Karl Fischer who is authoring AAN’s next policy paper. Asked for a summary assessment, many tend to revert […]

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3-4 November: Afghanistan experts meeting in Bavaria

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Thomas Ruttig represented AAN at a two-day experts meeting organized by German Hanns Seidl Foundation in the Bavarian spa of Wildbad Kreuth on 3-4 November, titled “The Interlocking Security Dilemma of Pakistan and Afghanistan”. Thomas gave a presentation on the question: ‘Are there moderate Taleban and what does this mean for the future political development’ […]

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23 Oct.: SWP Comment by Thomas Ruttig on the Afghan elections crisis published.

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Afghanistans Wahlkrise: Die gefälschte Präsidentschaftswahl und Strategien für »danach« (Afghanistan’s Election Crisis: The fraudulent presidential elections and strategies for ‚thereafter‘), Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Berlin), SWP-Aktuell 2009/A 56, October 2009, 8 pp. In this SWP comment (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig analyses the ‘legitimacy crisis’ that erupted after the manipulated 20 August presidential election, assesses […]

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9 Oct 2009: AAN report summary ‘The Other Side’ in Italian

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Our partner organisation ARGO has translated the executive summary of Thomas Ruttig’s AAN report ‘The Other Side – Dimensions of the Afghan Insurgency: Causes, Actors and Approaches to ‘Talks’’ into Italian. Find it on the ARGO website here.

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Report on the 6 Oct. Podium in Berlin: A Legitimacy Breakdown

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Green Security Policy specialist Winfried Nachtwei – arguably the most knowledgeable MP in the German Bundestag who, unfortunately, did not run again on 27 September, and just came back from his 14th trip to Afghanistan -, Spiegel magazine reporter Susanne Koelbl, who just had visited Kunduz after the fateful airstrike against two hijacked kerosene transporters […]

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6 Oct and 13 Oct 2009: Two podiums with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in Berlin.

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In early October, AAN’s Co-director Thomas Ruttig will participate in two public discussions of Afghan issues in Berlin. On Tuesday 6 October, Heinrich Boell Foundation invites for a jour fixe under the title ‘After the elections in Afghanistan and Germany: Quo vadis at the Hindukush?’ A week later, he will discuss issues of the elections […]

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September 2009: New Book Out: Decoding the New Taliban

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Edited by London School of Economics’ Antonio Giustozzi, the new book ‘Decoding the New Taliban’ combines a number of analyses of how the post-2001 Taliban made their way forward in various regions and provinces of Afghanistan. Additionally, cross-cutting issues – the Taliban’s link with the opium trade and their propaganda campaign – and the Pakistani […]

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Epistemology of Reconciliation debate

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While analysts, journalists and diplomats obsess over the twists and turns of the vote count in Kabul, an interesting discussion on ‘Reconciliation’ unfolded in the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies on Wednesday evening. ‘Reconciliation’ did indeed prove to be a magic word loaded with politics, possibilities and polarities, drawing a packed house with no standing […]

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26 August 2009, 5 pm, Kabul: Book Presentation and Discussion on Reconciliation

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A new book by Michael Semple titled ‘Reconciliation in Afghanistan’, published by the US Institute of Peace (USIP), was released in the United States in July. USIP Kabul launches the book in an event on 26 August in the AIAS Office, Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 15, First Street to Left, House No. 57. Nader Nadery from the Afghan […]

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11 August 2009: AAN’s second report released: How to Win an Afghan Election

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In its second report the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) holds the magnifying glass to the Afghan elections, exploring the impact of high-level deals, local-level decision-making processes, and electoral manipulation. The author, Martine van Bijlert, has used her extensive in-country experience, contacts and language skills to provide a detailed analysis of the deal-making and politicking that […]

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