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Finding Kabir

Willi Germund

Arresting the former deputy ‚prime minister‘ of the Taleban apparently needed less than rocket science. Pakistani intelligence sources also confirm that the arrests of Maulawi Kabir and Mulla Baradar foremost serve Pakistani interests, both with regard to urgently needed financial resources and possibly to the strengthening of an old ally, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. A guest blog […]

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Some Birds with One Stone

Christopher Reuter

Pakistan is establishing a new Taleban leadership that is more aggressive, less inclined to talk and primarily follows the instructions of its ISI minders, says Christoph Reuter(1). With this aim, it manipulates different leaders of militant groups, using targeted arrests and ‘invitations’ into ‘guesthouses’. When it became known on 16 Februar that the number three […]

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4 and 9 March 2010: New AAN Publications on Pakistan

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Two new AAN papers explore the situation in Afghanistan’s neighboring country Pakistan. While the first briefing provides a look back on the AfPak strategy, a term already dropped again barely one year after it was invented, the second briefing deals with the deepening crisis of Pakistan’s young but already elusive secular democracy. The first one, […]

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AAN In The Media – March 2010

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Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan Deutsche Welle, 29 March 2010 Listen to an audio file of Thomas Ruttig’s (English-language) interview about the significance of President Obama’s recent brief visit to Afghanistan. On a question whether Obama was ‘lecturing’ Karzai on governance, he replied that this would be appreciated by many Afghans. ‘Taliban können nicht besiegt […]

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Rules and Empty Promises

Martine van Bijlert

I have finally arrived in Kabul, after spending several days travelling half the world to get a visa for Afghanistan. My quest started in Dubai, where in the past it had been relatively easy to get multiple entry, multiple months. I had heard about a new system that involved getting a “Mofa number” (i.e. a […]

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AAN In The Media – February 2010

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Niederländische Methoden (Dutch Methods) Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, 28 February 2010 In this article about the soon-to-end ‘Dutch model’ in Uruzgan, Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that one aim of the current Marja offensive is to project that the ANA and ANP build-up is working. Angriff auf Gästehäuser (Attack on Guest Houses) tageszeitung […]

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What the Lakki Marwat Carnage Shows

Thomas Ruttig

With horror and disgust I was watching over the last days how the number of victims of a car-bomb detonated at a volleyball match in Shah Hassankhel village (Lakki Marwat area), close to South Waziristan, in Pakistan was steadily rising: 22, 32, 60, 75, 89, up to 93 Saturday afternoon. (No further reports from Sunday […]

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AAN In The Media – January 2010

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The Habitus of Superiority Brittania Radio, 29 January 2010 Article quotes Thomas Ruttig on the London conference (“has not been sufficiently prepared” and does not promise any notable results) and the reintegration plans (notes, that a similar program had already been applied years ago. One “cannot even call it unsuccessful; it was a grandiose failure.”) […]

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Happy Christmas (But war isn’t over)

Thomas Ruttig

‘Happy Xmas (War is over)’ – this was John Lennon’s wish in his beautiful 1971 holiday’s single already. The ex-Beatle (killed already 29 years ago) wasn’t referring to Afghanistan, obviously, then. In that year, Afghanistan was experiencing another of a series of drought years which would seriously undermine the country’s apparently so stable monarchy. Kabul […]

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AAN In The Media – December 2009

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Afghanistan ska lära fred från Nordirland (Afghanistan to learn peace in Northern Ireland) Amnesty Press (Sweden), 29 December 2009 Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the possibilities for negotiations with the Taliban. Aussie explosive detection unit, black labrador Sabi rescued from the hand of Taliban whatsonxiamen.com / Daily Telegraph (Australia), 28 December 2009 The Daily […]

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Soon to come: AAN policy paper: The ‘Afpak’ Strategy – Perceptions and Visions in Pakistan

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Based on earlier experience with the United States, from the very beginning there was an inherent element of doubt amongst political actors and analysts in Pakistan in the sincerity of the new ‘Afpak’ policy says Pakistan expert Karl Fischer who is authoring AAN’s next policy paper. Asked for a summary assessment, many tend to revert […]

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AAN In The Media – November 2009

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Talking with the Taliban Time magazine, 30 November 2009 In this analysis of the pros and cons of negotiiating with the Taleban, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: ‘Even before 9/11 the [Taleban] wanted to play ball. We didn’t take them seriously then, but we should start doing that now.’ Liberal Peace is dead? Not so […]

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