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Hamid Karzai

Talks on Two Channels? The Qatar office and Karzai’s Saudi option

Thomas Ruttig

The latest reports about developments on reconciliation – or better: talks with insurgent groups, both with the Taleban and Hezb-e Islami* – have been rather contradictory. Or haven’t they? The main insight from these reports, is that President Karzai has only rhetorically bowed to the unilateral US/German thrust to establish a Taleban liaison office in […]

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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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Karzai and the Taliban in a Tizzy Over News of Secret Peace Talks

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The Daily Beast, 10 January 2012 Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau contribute another of their usually very enlightening reports, after talking to a ‘former Taleban diplomat’ (guess who) in Kabul and an active Taleban commander who provides some interesting thoughts and info: that the Taleban negotiators ‘care about only one issue: winning the release of […]

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Political Insecurity and Reports of Worrying Developments

Martine van Bijlert

Afghan politics are fast-paced and slow at the same time; often more smoke than fire, but unpredictable enough to keep everyone on their toes and to keep the political class engaged in endless cycles of meetings. The chatter is a steady hum on the background of whatever is going on in the country. In insecure […]

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… and now: Eikenberry’s Reply

Thomas Ruttig

President Karzai’s speech of 18 June, in which he called the US – amongst other things – ‘occupiers’ that ‘have not built the roads for us but for themselves’, has obviously hit a raw nerve. Karl Eikenberry, the US Ambassador in Kabul, gave a ‘surprisingly emotional response’ (The AfPakChannel) in Herat on Sunday which might […]

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Karzai’s civilian casualties ultimatum

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The AfPakChannel, 2 June 2011 Erica Gaston, a human rights lawyer for the Open Society Foundations,specializing in civilian casualty issues, writes that ‘Karzai’s fundamental demands – a halt to unilateral strikes, particularly inthe form of night raids and airstrikes – are largely non-negotiable issues for the U.S. […] With little wiggle room on this fundamental […]

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The Survival of the Private Security Companies

Martine van Bijlert

“As we move towards the transition process, all foreign parallel functions and institutions including private security firms, the PRTs, existence of the militias, detention of Afghan citizens by foreign forces and arbitrary house searches must stop immediately.” – Karzai’s speech on 23 March 2011, announcing the first phase of the Enteqal process. There are a […]

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Guest Blog: Afghanistan After 2014 – Thinking about Scenarios

Almut Wieland-Karimi

While much of current international attention is focussed on the time from now to 2014, with the enteqal (handover) process moving into the focus – President Karzai just had defined the first seven areas of security responsibility affair, namely three full provinces and four other provincial capitals – in particular many Afghans look at the […]

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Why a forlorn Karzai is breaking with the West

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Financial Times, 18 November 2010 Ahmad Rashid, after having spoken to him for two hours, discusses how Karzai now sees the world, how that has changed over the years and what that means for the cooperation with the West (no indications of breaking with the West yet, despite the FT headline).

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Inspector general’s report questions U.S. salary supplements for Afghan government workers

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Washington Post, 8 November 2010 SIGAR reports: since 2005 Washington has supplied $6.6 million in salary supplements to employees in Karzai’s office. US agencies in Afghanistan

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More on the resignation of Atmar and Saleh – and who might replace them

Kate Clark

The repercussions of the sacking/resignation of two of the president’s three top security officials on Sunday are still sinking in, along with the President’s decree that the status of Taleban prisoners must be reviewed. These major changes on security follow his proclaimed success in demonstrating ‘national unity’ at the peace jirga. Despite the tent being […]

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The resignation of Atmar and Saleh; early thoughts

Martine van Bijlert

After what is reported to have been a day of rather heated discussions, Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and head of the National Directorate of Security Amrullah Saleh have handed in their resignation. President Karzai swiftly accepted and has already appointed their deputies, Munir Mangal and Engineer Ibrahim, as acting heads. The palace announced that the […]

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