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Talks with the Taleban, Again: This time for real?

Thomas Ruttig

Over the past weeks, Kabul buzzed with rumours that talks with the Taleban would begin soon, specifically, in the first week of March. That particular week is now past and nothing has happened. But this does not mean that rumours were completely false or that no movement is being made towards new talks with the […]

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The Refugee Dilemma: Afghans in Pakistan between expulsion and failing aid schemes

Christine Roehrs

Nearly 52,000 Afghans living in Pakistan have, within the past ten weeks, packed their belongings and crossed the border back into Afghanistan – more than twice as many as in the whole 12 months of 2014. This started after an attack of Pakistani Taleban on a public army school in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on […]

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Power to the People: How to extend Afghans’ access to electricity

Mohsin Amin

More than four billion dollars have, to date, been spent on Afghanistan’s power infrastructure. And yet there are still considerable deficiencies, even in the country’s capital, which has seen most of the investment – and most of the progress. At the same time, the demand for electricity is rapidly growing and the supply-demand gap has […]

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A “Pending Issue”: Pakistani Balochs seeking shelter in Afghanistan

Monica Bernabe

While millions of Afghans have fled to Pakistan over the past four decades, now, Pakistanis are flocking to Afghanistan. There are not only those who flee Pakistani military operations in Waziristan, though, but also Pakistani Balochs who say that they flee from repression by the Pakistani government, linked to latest Baloch insurgency activities. In Afghanistan, […]

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The men of the Heart of Asia process at their Beijing meeting. Photo: Pajhwok

More bilateral than multilateral effects: The Afghanistan conference in China

S Reza Kazemi

The fourth foreign ministerial conference of the Afghanistan-centred Heart of Asia/Istanbul process in Beijing on 31 October 2014 demonstrated a lack of progress in the regional cooperation in many respects, from its organisation to the funding. Nevertheless, it produced a few, rather mixed, results. These include, at a minimum, developments in Sino-Afghan relations and in Sino-American […]

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The ‘Other Guantanamo’ (10): Bagram closing: Lawyers worried about ‘ghost detainees’ (an update)

Kate Clark

Pakistani lawyers have told AAN they fear that when the United States closes its detention facility at Bagram at the end of the year, there may still be ‘ghost detainees’, men whose names, identities – and fate – remains unknown to the outside world. Since the earliest days of the war, the United States has […]

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«Ein Machtkampf innerhalb der Taliban» Pakistanische Taliban greifen zum zweiten Mal den internationalen Flughafen von Karatschi an

Thomas Ruttig

20 Minuten, 11 June 2014 The Swiss news portal interviews AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the Pakistani Taleban’s attack on Karachi Airport and its implications in the region (in German).

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Taliban gegen pakistanische Regierung: Wie geht der Machtkampf aus?

Thomas Ruttig

Deutschlandradio Kultur, 10 June 2014 Listen to the audio file of a live interview (in German) with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the attack of Pakistani Taleban on Karachi Airport and its regional repercussions.

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CIA’s plan to retrench in Afghanistan worries U.S. military


Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2014 “The CIA is planning to close its satellite bases in Afghanistan and pull all its personnel back to Kabul by early summer, an unexpectedly abrupt withdrawal that the U.S. military fears will deprive it of vital intelligence while thousands of American troops remain in the country, U.S. officials said. […]

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‘Moderate’ Taliban talk peace despite dangers


AFP/The Nation, 25 February 2014 The news agency reports on what it calls "a moderate faction of the Taliban" led by former minister Agha Jan Motassem that "is pushing hard for a new peace dialogue" and the killing of one of its leading members, Abdul Raqeeb, another former Taleban minister, in Peshawar last week. The article […]

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[Interview with former Pakistani ambassador] Husain Haqqani


The Diplomat, 21 February 2014 "I am worried about the fact that in 1947 what is today India had a literacy rate of 18 percent and what is Pakistan today had a literacy rate of 16 percent — a difference of just 2 percent. Today, the difference is about 20 percent. Today, India has a […]

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U.S. seeks new bases for drones [in Central Asia] targeting Al Qaeda in Pakistan


Los Angeles Times, 16 February 2014 "The Obama administration is making contingency plans to use air bases in Central Asia to conduct drone missile attacks in northwest Pakistan in case the [US] is forced to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan at the end of this year, according to U.S. officials', the paper reports. … "Intelligence officials […]

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