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Operation Resolute Restraint: The German Troop Offer for Post-2014

Thomas Ruttig

The German government has surged ahead by offering concrete troop numbers for the ISAF successor mission to begin in January 2015. What is sold as taking the lead is mainly dictated by domestic considerations (general elections in September) and the urge to stay in the comparatively calm north of Afghanistan to avoid casualties. AAN’s Senior […]

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18 February 2013: Thomas Ruttig’s Afghanistan Conflict Portrait on German Website

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AAN’s Thomas Ruttig has been invited to write the updated ‘Afghanistan conflict portrait’ for a much frequented German website, that of Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Centre for Political Education). It is a first point of reference for many pupils, students and teachers. Find his contribution (in German) here. The page also has a debate […]

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Warlords als Oligarchen: Brachte die Intervention eine neue Klasse an die Macht?

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Islamische Zeitung (Berlin), 31 January 2013 The Berlin-based newspaper re-publishes a blog that summarises one of the latest publications of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: Das Scheitern der Luftlande-Demokratie in Afghanistan: Die Bonner Vereinbarungen von 2001 und die versandete Demokratisierung am Hindukusch – ein Blick von innen Thomas Ruttig, in: Marléne Neumann, Michael Schied and Diethelm Weidemann […]

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Truppenabzug aus Afghanistan – Ist das Land stabil genug?

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Detektor.fm (German internet radio), 10 January 2013 Listen to an audio (in German) with an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, commenting on the so-called ‘zero option’ of a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and about the country’s post-2014 prospects of stability.

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‘Zivilisten geraten zwischen die Fronten’

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ARTE online, 8 January 2013 The French-German TV channel’s website publishes an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about the humanitarian outcome of the Afghan war. He mentions the lack of a sufficient response by governments to the UN calls for winter relief, the problems of civilians between the frontlines and of the population […]

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The Refugees and the Christmas Tree: Afghan Asylum Seekers Protest in Berlin

Thomas Ruttig

German asylum law has been under fire from human rights campaigners for years, for what its critics call the unfair limitations imposed on refugees. Only in July this year, the German Constitutional Court threw out the German government’s current provisions for social services for refugees as ‘evidently insufficient’ and unconstitutional because they are under the […]

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Die Warlords als Oligarchen

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German Foreign Policy (blog), 21 December 2012 The blog summarises Thomas Ruttig’s contribution ‘Das Scheitern der Luftlande-Demokratie in Afghanistan’ to a German publication.

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Protecting Freedom at the Hindukush: Source of Famous Afghanistan Quote Dies

Thomas Ruttig

On Wednesday, former German defence minister Peter Struck died, he who coined the controversial sentence that Germany’s security needs to be defended even ‘at the Hindukush’. Almost no other statement has shaped the Afghanistan-related discussion in Germany like this one. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks back at this debate and finds it being more of a […]

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Falsche Erfolgsmeldungen aus Afghanistan

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Zeit online (Hamburg), 19 December 2012 In an article on the recent trip of German President Joachim Gauck to Afghanistan, during which he re-started the rather bizarre discussion about whether there is a ‘war’ in Afghanistan (he called it a ‘war-like situation’), the author – a security blogger – lists some ‘wrong success stories’ by […]

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Германия защитила выборы от Афганис

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Kommersant (Russia), 18 December 2012 In an article on Germany’s role in Afghanistan, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that he doesn’t expect that Afghanistan won’t become a central issue in the 2013 German elections.

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Wer hat am Hindukusch noch den Überblick? (not online)

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Basler Zeitung (Switzerland), 9 December 2012 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here: «Es gibt bereits so viele lokale Milizen neben der Polizei, das kaum noch jemand den Überblick behalten kann.» Mohammed Atta etwa, der Gouverneur in der Stadt Mazar-i-Sharif, die gleichzeitig als Hauptquartier der deutschen Bundes- wehr dient, hält schon lange Distanz zu Kabul. «Das […]

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23 and 27 October 2012, Munich/Berlin: ‘Whither Afghanistan?’

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AAN’s Thomas Ruttig participated in two podium discussions on Afghanistan in Germany in late October, a public one in Bavaria’s state parliament in Munich on 23 October (‘Whither Afghanistan?’), with an audience of over 400, and one under Chatham House rules, on occasion of the 20th founding anniversary German Bundesakademie für Sicherheit (BAKS, Federal Security […]

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