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Karzai’s Demands On Security Pact Puzzle Afghans, Westerners

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NPR, 28 November 2013 In a feature, NPR brings together the opinions of different people about President Karzai’s motifs not to sign the BSA with the USA. This is AAN’s Kate Clark: “He is genuinely frightened that once the Americans get their deal, there will be no holds barred on what they do in Afghanistan.”

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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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Afghan president softens some demands on US deal

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AP/Washington Post, 27 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted on Kabul’s perception of the ‘zero option’: “‘He doesn’t believe in the zero option and so the threat of complete US withdrawal is for him an empty threat. So he feels quite comfortable pushing the US for more,’ said Kate Clark, a senior analyst with the Afghanistan […]

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Karzai not only at odds with US, but his countrymen, too

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Stars and Stripes, 27 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark is quotes in this analysis in the latest Afghan-US spat, after President Karzai’s refusal to sign the BSA soon: “Karzai might also be stung by what he sees as American interference, Kate Clark, an analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network said. ‘From Karzai’s point of […]

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Karzai’s Refusal to Sign Frustrates Afghans

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The Diplomat, 26 November 2013 The India-based diplomatic online journal discusses President Karzai’s refusal to heed the decision of the Consultative Loya Jirga to sign the US-Afghan BSA. Among others, it quotes AAN’s Obaid Ali: “He points to the ‘contradiction between the Grand Assembly and Karzai.’ He told The Diplomat that ‘there is a clear contradiction between the President and […]

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Karsai pokert hoch

Thomas Ruttig

SRF4 (Swiss radio), 26 November 2013 Listen to a 5:17 min audio interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about President Karzai’s rejection to sign the US-Afghan BSA soon. “Kabul seems to believe that the US zero option is a bluff, but it might be wrong.”

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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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