Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Thomas Ruttig

No Large Outbreak Yet: The coronavirus situation in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan has so far been moderately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer than 100 people testing positive and four confirmed fatalities. There are strong indications that these cases may have been seeded by the outbreak in neighbouring Iran, via Afghans who returned from that country. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig has compiled an overview of what […]

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From Doha to Peace? Obstacles rising in the way of intra-Afghan talks

Thomas Ruttig

Two key documents to get an Afghan peace process started have been signed: the Doha “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan” and a simultaneous bilateral United States-Afghan declaration. The two documents together are supposed to open the door for intra-Afghan peace talks, ie between the Taleban and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 10 March. […]

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Afghanistan’s 2019 Elections (30): Final results… and parallel governments?

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s 28 September 2019 presidential election has finally meandered to what may be its end after almost five months, with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) declaring incumbent Ashraf Ghani the first-round winner. However, the result is too narrow and disputed, and the manner of dealing with complaints not transparent enough to quash doubts in his […]

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Mondiaal Nieuws: Trump en Taliban zijn klaar met akkoord, maar het is nog geen vrede in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Mondiaal Nieuws, 18 February 2020 The Belgian news website quotes from AAN’s analysis, by Thomas Ruttig, on the latest developments toward a US-Taleban ‘reduction in violence’ agreement: Thomas Ruttig, van het Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), wijst er in een analyse op dat februari een wintermaand is met vaak veel sneeuw, zeker in de bergen. Dat […]

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First Breakthrough Toward Peace? A look at the seven-day ‘reduction of violence’

Thomas Ruttig

The United States and the Taleban have agreed to reduce violence for seven days, an agreement which would also apply to the Afghan government forces. While not a full ceasefire, it would be a ‘test’ of the seriousness of the parties before the signing of a bilateral deal agreeing the withdrawal of US troops, Taleban […]

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Still Ifs and Whens: The US and the Taleban inch toward a bilateral agreement

Thomas Ruttig

There have been increasing indications over the past few days that the United States and the Taleban are edging toward an agreement – or possibly two. While a declaration of a mutual ‘reduction of violence’ seems imminent, a bilateral US-Taleban agreement opening the way to peace negotiations between the Afghan parties to the conflict appears […]

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The Guardian: US touts partial ceasefire with Taliban in push for election-year troop reduction

AAN Thomas Ruttig

The Guardian, 12 February 2020 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted in this article about reported progress in the US-Taleban talks: Kate Clark, the co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said that a US withdrawal might tip the military balance in the Taliban’s favour, which could prove dangerous if it has no intention of pursuing a […]

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taz: Anschlag in Kabul – Frustrierte Islamisten

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Tageszeitung, 11 February 2020 Guests article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the first terrorist (suicide) attack in Kabul since November 2019, and putting it in the context of US-Taleban negotiations which seem to inch toward an agreement (in German).  

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Kabul Now: “My mother beats me every time I make a mistake,” says Nargis

AAN Thomas Ruttig

Kabul Now, 28 January 2020 A hard-wrenching story of violence against children and family traumatisation. – Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission says violence against children is on the rise, and the International Bureau of Children’s Rights points out that the scale of violence against children is far beyond domestic violence: deprivation from education, beatings, rape, child labor […]

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Daily Telegraph: “If my mother doesn’t get drugs, she beats me”: the Afghan children forced to feed their parents addiction

AAN Thomas Ruttig

Daily Telegraph, 4 February 2020 Another story about intra-family violence against children, this time as the result of poverty and drug addiction, from Kabul and the border province of Nimruz. The province’s capital Zaranj has more than 10,000 addicts.  

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USIP: Youth Protest Movements in Afghanistan

AAN Thomas Ruttig

USIP, 1 February 2020 An interesting report about three of Afghanistan’s youth protest movements, ie case studies of Jombesh-e Tabasum (Tabassum movement) in 2015, Jombesh-e Roshanayi (Enlightenment movement) in 2016–17 and Jombesh-e Rashtakhez-e Taghir (Uprising for Change) in 2017. The authors – Srinjoy Bose (University of New South Wales), Nematullah Bizhan (Australian National University) and Niamatullah […]

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