Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Intensifying Violence Dulls Afghans’ Hopes for Peace

International Crisis Group, 5 July 2019 In this commentary, ICG analyst and former AAN colleague Borhan Osman revisits “war-torn districts of rural Afghanistan” in Wardak, Ghazni, and Paktika provinces where he had travelled in June this year, over the Eid al-Fitr holidays, as he did the previous year. He was told about a “dramatic worsening […]

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How US “good guys” wiped out an Afghan family

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 3 June 2019 The story of a whole family killed by an American bomb – except the father, working in Iran – in a Taleban-controlled part of Jaghatu, Wardak province; another story of denial (“we don’t have a report” on a bomb drop on such-and-such day at that place). Following The Bureaus’s […]

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Speaking Out: Afghanistan – Rightsizing Expectations

(U.S.) Foreign Service Journal, June 2019 Insights into US Afghanistan policy by the former acting deputy assistant secretary for Afghanistan and deputy chief of mission in Kabul – not that we did not know, but good to have it in writing, from ‘the horse’s mouth’: The turnover of U.S. diplomats and military officials, and our short […]

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The Peculiar Presence of the Islamic State in Kunar

The Diplomat, 14 May 2019 A fascinating on-the-ground reportage from Kunar by Franz Marty about IS presence in this eastern province – a good antidote to  latest alarmist pieces about IS planning to attack the US and Russian allegations about 5,000 Daesh fighters in northern Afghanistan. According to this report, Daesh took over two villages […]

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Global Peace Index 2019

Institute for Economics and Peace, 12 June 2019 The “Global Peace Index 2019” now lists Afghanistan as the least peaceful country in the world. Out of 163 countries, Afghanistan ranks 163. Afghanistan also incurred the second-largest economic cost of violence worldwide in 2018, equivalent to 47 percent of its GDP.

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Afghanistan’s Air Is Deadlier Than Its War

Foreign Policy, 26 May 2019 Despite the headline that might somewhat trivialises the war, this photo essay points to a severely underreported part of Afghan reality: the lethal danger that stems from environmental damage (much of it conflict- and poverty-related): Air pollution is killing more Afghans than the war. According to the State of Global […]

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U.S. Raises the Stakes in Afghanistan From the Air

Foreign Policy, 16 May 2019 Starts as a reportage from Qala-ye Zal district of Kunduz where the government only controls two of 107 villages: “‘This is a safe area for the Taliban,’ Andarabi said. ‘They can have picnics in Qala-i-Zal, because the government doesn’t do any operations here.’ […] And now, in what appears to […]

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War, drought, diplomatic rifts deepen Afghanistan’s water crisis

al-Jazeera, 5 May 2019 “The potential of regional conflict is high and investing in water management is crucial for Afghanistan’s security. While most of the country’s international partners are reluctant to make such costly, long-term investments that bring little profit, the government is increasingly seeing water as a security issue. If “hydro-diplomacy” continues to be put high […]

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