New York Times, 4 February 2021 Depressing report about a new set of militias in Balkh province (and also southern Afghanistan) that, under the control of former governor Atta, partly recruits members under the pretext of construction work, aiming at people impoverished in the Corona crisis.
Noragric blog, 19 January 2021 This blog entry by agriculture and development specialists Gry Synnevåg and Karim Merchant warns against severe long-term food supply-related consequences as a result of the ongoing Covid19 crisis for an already impoverished population in Afghanistan where 80-90% of the population rely on self-employment and derive their livelihood and income from […]
Kabul Now, 11 January 2021 Very interesting views on what the Taleban want, the government’s red lines and the need for an Afghan peace movement.
New York Times, 9 January 2021 Self-explaning sub-headline. (The titel is: “Were These the Fingerprints of a Terrorist?“).
The Diplomat, 22 December 2020 The Taleban have recently incorporated weaponised, commercially available drones into their arsenal. Franz Marty looks at how numerous, dangerous and effective they are – and finds their direct military “negligible” so far: So far, the impact of weaponized Taliban drones on the Afghan battlefield has been negligible, as there have […]
Business Insider, 19 December 2020 Former AAN colleague Ali Latifi’s reportage from Kabul.
ODI, 11 December 2020 The authors, Rahmatullah Amiri and Ashley Jackson, write as an intro to thi short paper: In the lead up to last month’s Geneva Conference, the EU ambassador to Afghanistan, Andreas von Brandt, lamented that the Taliban had failed to lower violence levels, and in doing so lost the opportunity to attend the donor […]
New York Times, 17 April 2015 In memory of Azam Rahnaward Zaryab, one of the leading modern Afghan writers, who passed away in Kabul today, on 11 December 2020, this is a portrait written in 2015 by Mujib Mashal.
New York Times, 8 December 2020 The US-led coalition in Afghanistan seized land for hundreds of military bases, often without the consent of the owners, most now held by the Afghan military. Villagers have fought for years to collect compensation and to get their property back, or to be paid their rent. Irrigation systems were […]
AUAF Institute of War and Peace Studies, Nov. 2020 Interesting discussion paper by Afghan scholar Muska Dastageer.
ODI Policy Note, November 2020 The authors try to (and do) answer key questions such as: How much aid does Afghanistan need? What directions should sound aid policy take? What should a partnership agreement for Afghanistan look like? How can donor assistance best be provided? How corruption – and one-sided Western accusations – can be […]
UNDP Country Note, 11 November 2020 The UNDP model simulations in this paper aim to quantify the fiscal space needed to cover economic losses caused by the pandemic with roughly unchanged policies, except for responses specific to the health crisis. The result is that Afghanistan would need approximately 30% more in grants from the international […]