Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Taking Stock of the Taliban’s Perspectives on Peace

International Crisis Group, 11 August 2020 An important primer for the upcoming intra-Afghan peace negotiations. From the executive summary: As peace talks in Afghanistan unfold, the Taliban’s positions on a number of critical topics to be discussed with the Afghan government remain ambiguous or undefined. (…) It is vital for the talks’ eventual success that […]

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Did UK Special Forces execute unarmed civilians?

BBC, 1 August 2020 After a case that came up in Australia recently (and a steady stream in connection with US and, increasingly, Afghan forces), the BBC and a Sunday Times revealed evidence “of a pattern of illegal killings by UK Special Forces” while the government maintains that, in this case, the four members of […]

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What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power

BBC, 27 July 2020 An astounding report about solar power as a transformative technology, in the toughest environment possible, with no subsidies, no considering of climate change – just about small-scale entrepreneurs trying to make a profit: Afghan opium growers in Helmand. “For an upfront payment of $5,000 [farmers] can buy an array of solar […]

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“You Have No Right to Complain”: Education, Social Restrictions, and Justice in Taliban-Held Afghanistan

Human Rights Watch, 30 June 2020 The latest Afghanistan report of the human rights organisations, based on interviews, looks at the practice on the following topics in Taleban-controlled areas: education for girls and women, freedom of expression and social restrictions, detention and punishment for government contacts, and criticism of the Taleban. From the summary: The […]

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