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Parliament sacks key ministers: Two birds with one stone?

Fabrizio Foschini

The Afghan Lower House of the parliament, in an unprecedented move, voted out the two key ministers of Defence and Interior, in a single session. While it is early to make predictions on who will succeed them and whether they will be kept on as acting ministers for a while, it is worth having a […]

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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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AAN In The Media – August 2012

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Political analyst on Afghanistan killings ABC News, 31 August 2012 AAN analyst Fabrizio Foschini is featured in a long video interview regarding the ‘green on blue’ attack which cost the lives of three Australian soldiers in Uruzgan, and more broadly on the possible origin of these attacks and the concerns they create for the future […]

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Libya and Afghanistan: Elections without a social contract

Long queues at polling centres, happy voters waving inked fingers in front of cameras, and musings on how a new, better era was in store for Libya – sounds like Afghanistan 2004. Our guest blogger Ann Mac Dougall(*), who has worked in both countries, cannot help wondering whether Libya will follow the Afghan pattern from […]

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Corruption A Cost Of Life For Ordinary Afghans

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RFE/RL, 26 July 2012 A very graphic description by Frud Bezhan of how Afghans experience every-day corruption, in the cases of exaggerated electricity bills and when obtaining a passport

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The Challenge of Effectiveness: ‘Pro-Peace’ Ulama in Afghanistan

S Reza Kazemi

A number of ulama, or religious scholars, from Afghanistan and outside, recently renewed their resolve to promote Islam as a religion of ‘moderation, tolerance, peace and cooperation’ and to work towards a ‘just and sustainable peace’ in Afghanistan. They are part of what is called the ‘Project for Islamic Co-operation for a Peaceful Future in […]

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Afghanistan’s Draft Election Law: A Missed Opportunity to Enhance Transparency in Campaign Finance

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Bamdad, 4 July 2012 An election expert looks at the finance side of the draft new electoral law — a good addition to our blog on the issue.

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Avoiding Meeting Fatigue

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USIP, 2 July 2012 Bill Byrd gives the international Afghanistan conferences held so far a critical glance. He writes that they ‘have helped keep attention focused on Afghanistan, elicit financial support, give a “seat at the table” to all partners, generate good strategic documents, and provide a forum for the Afghan government. However, the meetings […]

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AAN In The Media – July 2012

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Taliban wollen NATO-Basen übernehmen N24 (German news channel), 31 July 2012 AAN’s Kate Clark i quoted here, from a dpa news agency report, on the Taleban agreeing with the Afghan government that NATO should not destroy but hand over bases: ‘This shows extraordinary confidence or foolishness’, adding the Taliban are ‘really, really confident’ that either […]

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The IEC proposal to move to a mixed electoral system

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s IEC has proposed sweeping changes for a new electoral law. The draft has already been publicly debated with stakeholders, including parties and civil society, and is publicly accessible. We see two major points of proposed changes: first, the partial move away from the SNTV system and a bigger role for political parties in parliamentary […]

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Guest Blog: Heart of Asia Hardly Beating at the Second ‘Heart of Asia Meeting’

Niamatullah Ibrahimi

After a promising start in Bonn 2001 but almost a decade with this idea falling dormant again, a regional approach has been identified as an essential element for a peaceful and sustainable solution for Afghanistan’s problems. Turkey had given this idea a new start in November last year with a summit meeting in Istanbul. Now, […]

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Afghanistan’s Absentee Politicians

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IWPR, 18 June 2012 43 Afghan MPs have been absent both in March and April without notifying the house, and some have been absent for as much as a year, the head of house’s secretariat reports. And five MPs maintain armed retinues of between 20 and 40, all paid for by the interior ministry, and […]

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