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“Not nation-building,” but “killing terrorists”: Trump’s ‘new’ strategy for Afghanistan

Kate Clark

The American president’s long-awaited announcement on United States policy in Afghanistan has finally been made: more troops (number unspecified) and no end-date to the US deployment; fighting “to win” (defined only as preventing a Taleban take-over), aiming at “killing terrorists” and not “nation-building”; new, unspecified threats against Pakistan to stop supporting the Taleban and a […]

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To Say It Like It Is: Norway’s evaluation of its part in the international intervention

Ann Wilkens

Norway has published the first comprehensive evaluation of one country’s contribution to the international intervention in Afghanistan. The evaluation was conducted by a government-appointed commission led by Bjørn Tore Godal, a former foreign and defence minister. However, most commissioners were independent researchers. The ‘Godal report’, as it has become known, is a candid and sharp […]

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Emergency surgery after the bombing in one of the remaining parts of MSF's hospital in Kunduz on the 3rd October 2015. Photo: MSF

Airstrike on a Hospital in Kunduz: Claims of a war crime

Kate Clark

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is now demanding an International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission look into the United States air strike which hit its hospital in Kunduz in the early hours of Saturday morning (3 October 2015). 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, including three children, were killed in the strike which came four days into fierce […]

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Shah Shuja holding a durbar (court) at Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Folly of Double Government: Lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War for the 21st century

Noah Arjomand

The latest AAN report, a discussion paper named “The Folly of Double Government: Lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War for the 21st Century” by guest author, Noah Arjomand, revisits Britain’s attempt at state-building in Afghanistan from 1839-1841. The disastrous British retreat from Kabul in January 1842 and the subsequent British pillage of the Afghan capital […]

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Bala Hissar and city of Caubul with the British cantonments from the 'Ba Maroo' Hill

The Folly of Double Government: Lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War for the 21st century

AAN Team

The latest AAN report, “The Folly of Double Government: Lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War for the 21st Century” by guest author Noah Arjomand, revisits Britain’s attempt at state-building in Afghanistan from 1839-1841. The disastrous British retreat from Kabul in January 1842 and the subsequent British pillage of the Afghan capital are well-known events that […]

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9 May 2012: Afghanistan: Deux mondes qui s’affrontent. Imaginaire ou réalité ?

AAN admin

In cooperation with the Libre Examen, AAN is organising a half day seminar in Brussels to explore the perceptions and realities of the international engagement and conflict in Afghanistan. From their different perspectives the speakers at the seminar have been asked to reflect on the current situation in Afghanistan – and especially on the meaning […]

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Guest blog on Reintegration: Anyone want to surrender?

A K Frentzen

The Afghan government and its international backers, most prominently the Coalition forces, have developed a reconciliation program that aims to entice insurgent fighters to lay down their arms and re-enter normal life. But how is the program viewed by the local population? A recent assessment of local perceptions in West-Afghanistan by A.K. Frentzen, a social […]

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3 December: New publication ‘Afghanistan, 1979-2009′

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The Middle East Institute (MEI) of the American University in Washington DC launched another of its special editions of its publication ‘Viewpoints’, titled ‘Afghanistan, 1979-2009; In the Grip of Conflict’. This volume is a compilation of short analytical essays intended to be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. The essays are authored by 53 Afghan […]

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24 November 2009, Berlin: Afghanistan conference of German NGOs

AAN admin

“Mission impossible in the Hindukush? Taking stock of international Afghanistan policies” – a conference organised by VENRO, the umbrella of German developmental NGOs. AAN’s Martine van Bijlert will be one of the presenters. The security situation of Afghanistan’s population has drastically deteriorated over the past years – despite the international communities engagement. Aid workers have increasingly become targets […]

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