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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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Upcoming Regional Co-operation Conference on Afghanistan: A Primer

S Reza Kazemi

Regional co-operation on Afghanistan has so far remained by and large confined to meeting rooms and conference halls. One of these gatherings is set to take place in Kabul on 14 June 2012. The ‘Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Kabul’ is focused on ‘The Istanbul Process: A New Agenda for Regional Co-operation.’ The Afghan […]

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Good Muslims, Bad Muslims? Solidarity Party Threatened by Ban (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

A small but vocal leftist political party has challenged the consensus about the ‘good jehad’, pointing to human rights violations of some of its leaders, and earned the ire of them. After initial calls for an immediate ban, the authorities have suspended the party’s activities, pending an investigation. How they will handle this case will […]

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Another Hezb-e Islami U-Turn – with more to follow? (amended)

Gran Hewad

When the second largest insurgent group, Hezb-e Islami (1), suspended talks with the Afghan government, three weeks ago, it cited dissatisfaction with the signing of the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) on 1 May 2012. Kabul has now gone public, accusing Hezb-e Islami of telling it a different story immediately after the talks, which were […]

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AAN In The Media – June 2012

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The Taliban and Fear  The Diplomat, 26 June 2012 The Indian blog, in an article by Sanjay Kumar, quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s AAN blog about the Taleban attack in Kargha. Her er slakteren som overtar «norsk» provins Dagbladet (Norway), 25 June 2012 In an article reporting Dostum tightening his grip over the northern province of […]

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Lost in transition: A political strategy for Afghanistan

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Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, 22 May 2012 Scott Smith and Andrew Wilder discuss Afghan election scenarios, argue (very rightly so) that ‘the international community has inherited a partial responsibility for ensuring that the next elections play the role of consensus-building and state legitimation that would be the most likely way to save the country from […]

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Guest blog: The question of succession

Mujib Mashal

Along with the withdrawal of foreign troops, a crucial political transition is on the cards for Afghanistan in 2014. Hamid Karzai nears the end of his second term, the only two he is constitutionally allowed to serve. While rumours of Karzai playing with the constitution to allow himself a third term were rife months ago, […]

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A young leader lost: Sebghatullah Sanjar

Thomas Ruttig

Sebghatullah Sanjar, leader of Afghanistan’s Republican Party, an advisor to President Karzai, an ambitious politician of a younger, democratically leaning generation and a good friend, lost his life in a traffic accident in Kabul on Saturday. Thomas Ruttig, a Senior Analyst and Co-Director at AAN, first met Sanjar in 2000 when he was working with […]

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