Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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UN Special Coordinator’s Assessment on Afghanistan

UN, 8 November 2023 On 16 March 2023, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2679 requesting the Secretary-General to provide the Security Council an independent assessment on Afghanistan, no later than 17 November 2023. The Security Council requested that the independent assessment provide forward-looking recommendations for an integrated and coherent approach among relevant political, […]

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Taliban declares war on polio

Washington Post, 5 December 2023 Although the first sentence of this article and the headline (which I changed here) are wrong – the Taleban’s polio campaign bans were exceptions rather than the rule, and they often supported them –, this is an interesting reportage on how the new rulers are trying to tackle one of […]

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Thomas Barfield on Afghanistan’s current situation

Afghan Hindsight, 17 November 2023 A summary by Tim Foxley, of Afghan Hindsight blog, of Thomas Barfield’s presentation and discussion organised by UK-based Conservative Friends of Afghanistan. His two key points to highlight from it: Barfield also cautioned that it is very hard to know the inner workings and thinking of the Taliban so his […]

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German ODA in Afghanistan [2001-21]

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, 7 November 2023 This research report – one of the few independent studies of a major donor country’s development funding for Afghanistan during the entire foreign intervention from 2001 to 2021 – examines the scope and impact of German Official Development Assistance (ODA), focusing on the “networked approach” during NATO operations. It analyzes the […]

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How America’s War Devastated Afghanistan’s Environment

New Lines Magazine, 25 September 2023 Another painstakingly detailed report by Lynzy Billings, this time gathering evidence from Afghans who lived near vast bases say the US (and other nations’) military’s lack of protections poisoned the land and sickened their children, perhaps for generations. That those testimonies are not plucked from (un)clean air is suggested […]

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The Mythology of Afghanistan as a Haven for Terrorism

The National Interest, 24 September 2023 “Mistaken beliefs in foreign affairs, including ones that are widely held and drive major policies, can persist for a long time. … So it is with the role of Afghanistan in international terrorism.” The author – a former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia and CIA […]

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