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Bilateral Security Agreement

For Afghans, Obama’s SOTU message on US troops was loud and clear

Thomas Ruttig

Stars and Stripes, 29 January 2014 In a report about Afghan reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said Obama did not indicate what the consequences might be if Karzai does not sign the agreement. “For me, the most important […]

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Political calculations may trump evidence in Afghan prisoners release

AAN Team

Stars and Stripes, 15 January 2014 Reporting about the Afghan-US “standoff” about the BSA and the 88 Bagram prisoners, AAN’s Kate Clark opins that it may be attributed partly to the bumpy transition from a wartime detention regime, which included indefinite imprisonment for suspected insurgents, to civilian rules, which demand that evidence be presented in a […]

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Afghanistan, the United States and the BSA: Who blinks first?

Kate Clark

Since the consultative loya jirga that ended in confusion on Sunday (27 November 2013), United States’ and Afghan positions on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) have hardened. President Karzai has added to the conditions he says must be met before he will sign the BSA, while President Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, has said […]

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Hamid Karsai pokert mit den USA (print only)

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 25 November 2013 Read a summary article on the outcome of the BSA Loya Jirga in Kabul by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in which he concludes that Prsident “Karzai wants to decide about the agreement himself, the jirga was only window-dressing.”

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A Yes, a Maybe and a Threat of Migration: The BSA loya jirga’s last day

Kate Clark

Whoever expected clarity and a swift signing of the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) following the consultative loya jirga will be disappointed. The heads of the 50 committees duly reported back on this final day with a unanimity of views which strongly suggested prior coordination; all supported and almost all urged President Karzai to sign […]

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Der Präsident zögert

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ARD Tagesschau, 24 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark has been quoted on the website of the First German TV’s evening news website: “Präsident Karsai will nicht der Eigentümer dieses Abkommens sein und schiebt die Verantwortung ab”, sagt die Expertin Kate Clark vom Afghan [sic] Analysts Network in Kabul. Der Poker um die Unterzeichnung geht also weiter.

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One Step Forward, One Step Back On U.S.-Afghan Security Deal

Thomas Ruttig

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 24 November 2013 “Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, suggests that Karzai could be trying to gain leverage ahead of the election. ‘Karzai is afraid the Americans will [meddle] in the election against his interests,’ Ruttig says. ‘Partly, he has a point. The Americans […]

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La Loya Jirga afgana examina el acuerdo de seguridad con EE UU

Thomas Ruttig

El País, 21 November 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on the BSA Loya Jirga in Kabul: “Karzai sólo busca protegerse de las críticas”, estimaba Thomas Ruttig, codirector del Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) en una reciente entrevista con esta corresponsal. En su opinión, el recurso a la Loya Jirga, definida en la Constitución como representante de […]

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United States gives Afghanistan year-end deadline for crucial security deal

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Reuters, 21 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark explains why President Karzai put new obstacles in the way of the US-Afghan security agreement currently discusses in the Consultative Loya Jirga: “President Karzai just doesn’t want to own the agreement,” said Kate Clark of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network think tank. “He kept handing the responsibility for […]

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Shocks in a Lacklustre Speech: President Karzai addresses the jirga

Christine Roehrs Kate Clark Obaid Ali

The consultative loya jirga, convened to scrutinise the Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States, has begun with a draft that was only agreed at the very last minute, confusion over the exact status and proceedings of the gathering and a lacklustre speech by President Karzai. The president made little attempt to really sell the […]

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Abstimmung über Amerika: Loya Dschirga berät über Sicherheitsabkommen

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 21 November 2013 While explaining the procedure of the BSA Consultative Loya Jirga in Kabul, Friederike Boege quotes information by the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

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Amnesty Urges Afghan Council to Demand Accountability for US War Crimes

AAN Team

AntiWar (blog), 20 November 2013 In a report about amnesty international urging the firthcoming Loya Jirga to demand accountability for US war crimes in Afghanistan, also an AA dispatch about the anti-BSA “counter jirga” is quoted.

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