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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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Das Scheitern der Luftlande-Demokratie in Afghanistan: Die Bonner Vereinbarungen von 2001 und die versandete Demokratisierung am Hindukusch – ein Blick von innen

Thomas Ruttig

Thomas Ruttig, in: Marléne Neumann, Michael Schied and Diethelm Weidemann (eds), Afghanistan: Probleme, Konflikte, Perspektiven, Studien zur Geschichte und Gegenwart Asiens, vol. 3, Berlin: trafo Wissenschaftsverlag, pp 41-52. Full pdf of German article “Das Scheitern der Luftlande-Demokratie in Afghanistan: Die Bonner Vereinbarungen von 2001 und die versandete Demokratisierung am Hindukusch – ein Blick von innen” […]

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The Networks of Kunduz: A History of Conflict and Their Actors, from 1992 to 2001

Nils Wormer

A new Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) report by author Nils Wörmer looks at networks of power in Kunduz province. Wörmer writes that when Germany’s political decision makers opted for Kunduz, in north-eastern Afghanistan, as the location for its future Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and soldiers and governmental development workers started to deploy in 2003, they […]

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Ahmed Rashid: Talks with Taliban must be secret to be successful

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Globe and Mail, 1 July 2011 Ahmed Rashid tells us how it all started: ‘The process began when German officials, at the request of the Taliban, held their first meeting in September, 2009, in Dubai. […] The Germans made sure the interlocutors represented the Taliban Shura (its governing council), which is headed by Mullah Mohammed […]

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Arts in a War Zone: Afghanistan at the Documenta

Martin Gerner

The Documenta in the German city of Kassel is said to be the world biggest exhibition on contemporary art. Taking place every five years, it is curated each time by a single foreign curator and his team of international agents and aides. This year, for its 13th edition, for the first time Afghanistan is a […]

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Afghanistan between Democratization and Civil War: Post-2014 Scenarios

Thomas Ruttig

Thomas Ruttig, in: Charles King Mallory IV/Joachim Krause (eds.), Sustainable Strategies for Afghanistan and the Region After 2014, Aspen Institute, European Strategy Forum, reader for a conference, 10-11 January 2012, Berlin. This conference contribution draws on an earlier papers co-authored with Citha D. Maaß for Berlin’s SWP in August 2011. It discusses post-2014 scenarios for […]

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Guest Blog: The Quran burnings and the German retreat from Taloqan

Marcel Habler

German authorities announced on Friday, the third day of the Quran burning protests, that they have closed their ISAF base in Taloqan several weeks earlier than planned in response to the protests. Originally, the base had been slated for closure in March. This decision shows the limitations of the assumed international control of particular areas […]

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Agenten-Affäre belastet Deutschlands Beziehungen zu Pakistan

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Spiegel online, 23 January 2012 Pakistani authorities have closed what they call a German intelligence office in Peshawar and claim that three persons arrested there (flown out to Germany meanwhile) have used business cards and a car of German governmental development agency GIZ. Spiegel says that a BND office exists in Peshawar since years. GIZ […]

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A Katanga Scenario for Afghanistan? (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

When former Northern Alliance leaders met with a group of influential US congressmen and businessmen in Berlin in early January, the meeting made a lot of waves in Kabul, because it created the impression that a broad anti-Karzai alliance was in the making and that it had started to muster support in the US. Furthermore, […]

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How German Diplomats Opened Channel to Taliban

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Spiegel, 10 January 2012 The German magazine – in an article co-authored by Christoph Reuter who also has written for AAN – discloses further details on how Germany opened the channel to the Taleban’s Tayyeb Agha: that the original contact was provided by ‘an Afghan exile living in Europe’ to the German intelligence that took […]

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Berlin, 8 December 2011: After Bonn2 – podium with AAN participation

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‘Wie weiter am Hindukusch? Zehn Jahre danach: Afghanistan nach der Bonner Außenministerkonferenz’: AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Bente Scheller, the Boell Foundation’s outgoing head of office in Kabul, will discuss the outcome of the 5 December international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, the role of Afghan civil society and perspectives for Afghanistan (in German). Time: Thursday, […]

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