Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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A Welcome to the New AAN Website

AAN Team 2 min

Dear AAN readers, welcome to our new website! In its two versions, in English, and in Dari and Pashto, it is the heart of our work. It is the means by which we make all our research and analysis freely available. This new website is a celebration of our ten-year anniversary as an independent, non-profit policy research organisation in Kabul.

AAN TeamIt is done! Photo: Zainab Paiman, 2020.

Our previous website was five years old. Parts of it were about to become obsolete, so we needed a new one. However, we also wanted to give you, our readers, a fresher, easier-to-use experience. 

This new website is also an opportunity to improve how we communicate with our readers and a marker of our expanding readership: for the first time, in 2019, we had more than one million visits by readers. (1)

Among the innovations on the new website are:

  • A better search function The AAN archive has been meticulously catalogued and organised by librarian and Afghan expert Royce Wiles, which should make for quicker and easier navigation of our back catalogue of more than one thousand publications.
  • Resources We are publishing documents on Afghanistan of historical interest that we have collected or translated into English, over the years.  An e-book, ‘Snapshots of an Intervention’ (2012) and the Afghanistan Analyst Bibliography, an up-to-date resource listing publications compiled by Christian Bleuer, are useful for anyone studying and researching contemporary Afghanistan are also available under resources. 

We have also re-classified our publications into four types: 

  • Reports: our main research publications (formerly called dispatches)
  • Special Reports: longer, more comprehensive publications which provide substantive background on issues that are high on the policy agenda or otherwise relevant to policy (formerly thematic reports). 
  • Dossiers: these bring together all our reports on a particular subject, ensuring a long shelf life for reports, and serving as thematic resources for AAN readers.
  • Other Publications: include external publications (written by AAN authors and published elsewhere) and podcasts (33 are available, on a wide array of subjects). 

While work on the English website has been finalised, the Dari and Pashto site will follow in a couple of weeks. 

We do hope you enjoy the new website. 

Best wishes, the AAN team 

(1) Because no AAN webpage would look authentic without a footnote: In 2019, for the first time, AAN had more than one million visits in a single year to its English website (up by 11 per cent), while the number of individual readers also increased, by almost a third to 230,000. Meanwhile, the number of visits to AAN’s Dari and Pashto website almost doubled, while the number of readers more than doubled. More details here.