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AAN Live: Reading between the lines of Bonn 2

Thomas Ruttig

The Bonn 2 conference was huge – with 100 delegations, it was quantitatively the biggest ever on Afghanistan. Yet expectations had grown progressively more limited over the past few months and the speeches, this morning, from the main protagonists delivered few surprises. President Karzai was particularly bland, repeating again his ‘continued’ commitment to fighting corruption […]

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From Bonn 1 to Bonn 2: Afghanistan’s missed opportunities

Francesc Vendrell

The author, Francesc Vendrell served in Afghanistan as both the Personal Representative the UN Secretary-General and the EU Special Representative. He looks back on the past decade, describing the pre-Bonn attempts at a political settlement, the first Bonn conference and the opportunities that were missed since then. Prolonged conflicts are particularly difficult to resolve, often […]

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Afghan Civil Society Forum in Bonn (2): A Day of Messaging

Thomas Ruttig

The discussion about a possible peace process that would include the Taleban dominated the discussions on day 2 of the Afghan Civil Society Forum in Bonn on Saturday. While it became obvious that the Afghan organisations still have to do some homework, they professionally reacted to a smear campaign at home declaring that they do […]

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Afghan Civil Society Forum in Bonn (1): Occupy the JCMB?

Thomas Ruttig

The tone makes the music, we say here in Germany – ie: it is not only what you say but how you say it. Despite plenty of efforts by the organisers, four German political foundations, to make the 34 elected Afghan delegates to the Bonn Civil Society Forum feel comfortable there were a number of […]

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Bonn2 and Civil Society: An Afghan election and German events (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

One week to go to the international Bonn 2 conference, and even less to the Civil Society Forum (CSF) on 2 and 3 November. The first delegates and representatives of Afghan civil society organisations (which is not the same) are trickling in, also for a whole string of events directly linked – or in opposition […]

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Dresden, 30 November 2011: AAN at Kreuzkirche

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On Wednesday, 30 November (7.30 pm), AAN’s Co-Director Thomas Ruttig will speak about ‘Afghanistan: On the way to democracy or civil war’ (in German) as part of the series: ‘Dialog der Kulturen’. Host organisation: Ökumenisches Informationszentrum e.V. (ÖIZ) Venue: Mauersbergersaal, Haus an der Kreuzkirche, Dresden (Germany). Admission is free. More about ÖIZ here

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Berlin, 23 November 2011: Boell Foundation Afghanistan conference with AAN participation

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‘Zehn Jahre nach Petersberg: Wo steht Afghanistan heute?’ (Ten Years after Petersberg: Where does Afghanistan stand today?) is the title of a one-day conference of the German Heinrich Boell Foundation, part of the run-up to the international Bonn 2 conference on 5 December. AAN’s Advisory Board Chairman Francesc Vendrell and AAN’s Thomas Ruttig will be […]

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Guest Blog: ‘I have read about it…’ A day of Afghan concerns in Germany

Michael Daxner

In the run-up to the Bonn 2 conference, the debate on Afghanistan is flaring up again in Germany. But not only in Germany, there seem to be two Afghanistans that are discussed. Our guest author Michael Daxner* has looked at one day of this debate, with a conference and radio programme on 4 November, points […]

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29 August 2011: New Afghan scenario paper with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig as co-author published

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AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Citha D. Maaß of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin have co-authored a paper that describes possible scenarios during and after the transition process ‘Afghanistan vor neuem Bürgerkrieg?’ (Afghanistan facing a new civil war?). The paper has been uploaded at the SWP website today in English, the original German version […]

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Guest Blog: Why a Breakthrough is Unlikely at Bonn 2

Abbas Daiyar

On 5 December, on the tenth anniversary of the Bonn Agreement, Germany will host the Bonn II conference. There are exaggerated views in the Afghan public about what the conference is trying to achieve, that – with the ‘talks about talks’ continuing – it might even embark on setting up a new composition of power […]

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German Government Reviews Afghan ‘Progress’

Thomas Ruttig

The online part of German magazine Spiegel comments on the Berlin government’s last update on the situation in Afghanistan* and says that it highlights the ‘open contradictions’ in Afghanistan’s ‘progress’. The magazine quotes German AfPak special envoy Michael Steiner as saying that he wants to give an ‘unvarnished picture’ and that he sees both ‘light […]

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Bonn 2: A Top-down Approach to Civil Society Again

Thomas Ruttig

In November 2009, three months before the London Conference on Afghanistan, AAN’s Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig wrote a blog under the title ‘A meaningful Afghanistan conference needs civil society involvement’. Re-reading it five months before the next one in the long series of Afghanistan conferences*, in Bonn again, he thought he can simply re-post it: […]

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