Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Thomas Ruttig

Beyond Taleban

Thomas Ruttig

Multiple suicide attacks in Gardez and Khost. July most bloody month ever for US forces in Afghanistan. More British troops to be deployed. Karzai’s empty chair at Tolo TV’s presidential candidates’ debate… Reporting about Afghanistan mainly focuses on security issues and elections currently. Very often, our own countries’ domestic politics overshadow the other reality, life […]

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The Other Side. Dimensions of the Afghan Insurgency: Causes, Actors – and Approaches to Talks

Thomas Ruttig

In this first Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) report “The Other Side: Dimensions of the Afghan Insurgency. Causes, Actors and Approaches to Talks”, author Thomas Ruttig – an Afghanistan expert working on and in the country since 25 years – seeks to unpack the complexities of the insurgency in Afghanistan and develop a sophisticated approach to […]

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Loya Paktia’s Insurgency: The Haqqani Network as an Autonomous Entity in the Taliban Universe.

Thomas Ruttig

Thomas Ruttig, In: Antonio Giustozzi (ed.) Decoding the New Taliban. Insights from the Afghan Field. Columbia: Hurst, 2009 Full publication can be bought here: Loya Paktia’s Insurgency: The Haqqani Network as an Autonomous Entity in the Taliban Universe. Read my chapter here: 20090224 HQN as an semi-autonomous Taleban entity

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Germans at the Front

Thomas Ruttig

“It couldn’t have come worse. It is mid-August 2009. American pilots bomb an Afghan village, many women and children die. The target for the attack was provided by the Germans.” [The German parliament is currently in the decision-making process about sending AWACS surveillance planes to Afghanistan.] “Two days later, three German Bundeswehr soldiers publicly brag […]

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Bei Ausstieg Lebensgefahr: Herausforderungen an den neuen US-Präsidenten in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

KAS-Auslandsinformationen 12/2008, pp. 69-82 Thomas Ruttig (Opting Out is Dangerous: Challenges Confronting the Incoming US President in Afghanistan) Full publication available below: Bei Ausstieg Lebensgefahr: Herausforderungen an den neuen US-Präsidenten in Afghanistan

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Thomas Ruttig: Mahmud Tarzi’s ideas and their influence on the movement of the Wesh Zalmian

Thomas Ruttig

Paper presented at the International conference on Allama Mahmoud Tarzi and Mohammad Wali Khan Darwazi in Kabul, 23-24 August 2008 (unpublished) The paper addresses the influence of the thoughts of Afghan nationalist and moderniser Mahmud Tarzi (1865-1933) on Afghanistan’s 1940-50s pro-democratic opposition movement, the Wesh Zalmian (Awakened Youth), Find an updated version under AAN occasional […]

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Afghanistan: Institutionen ohne Demokratie. Strukturelle Schwächen des Staatsaufbaus in Afghanistan und Ansätze für eine politische Stabilisierung

Thomas Ruttig

SWP Research Paper 2008/S 17 Thomas Ruttig (Afghanistan: Institutions without Democracy. Structural weaknesses of state-building in Afghanistan and approaches for a political stabilisation) Full paper available below: Afghanistan: Institutionen ohne Demokratie

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Die Taleban nach Mulla Dadullah. Ihre Strukturen, ihr Programm – und ob man mit ihnen reden kann

Thomas Ruttig

SWP-Aktuell 2007/A 31 Thomas Ruttig (The Taleban after Mulla Dadullah. Their structures, programme – and whether one can talk with them – text in German) Full publication in PDF version available via the link below: 20070610SWP-aktuell zu Taleban nach Dadullah

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Islamists, Leftists – and a Void in the Center. Afghanistan’s Political Parties and where they come from (1902-2006)

Thomas Ruttig

Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Kabul/Berlin 2006 Thomas Ruttig Full publication available below: Islamists, Leftists – and a Void in the Center

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The 2004 Afghan Presidential Elections and Challenges for the Forthcoming Parliamentary Elections

Thomas Ruttig

In: Moonis Ahmad (Ed.), The Challenge of Rebuilding Afghanistan, Program on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi and The Hanns Seidel Foundation, Islamabad, 2005, pp. 61-71 Thomas Ruttig

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Zur Bedeutung der bürgerlichen Oppositionsbewegung der 50er Jahre unseres Jahrhunderts für die Formierung progressiver politischer Kräfte in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Sektion Asienwissenschaften, 1985 Thomas Ruttig: Diploma thesis on the reformist opposition movement of the 1940/50s (in German)

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