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Meeting Mullah Baradar… or Maybe Not: Confusion over Taleban Talks

Kate Clark

Yet again there is the impression of something being afoot on the matter of talks with the Taleban, at least as far as Afghan government aspirations go. During the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, to Kabul on 30 November 2013, both leaders had nice words to say about the peace process, with Sharif […]

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Taliban, Drohnen und Pakistans Staatskrise

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland (Berlin), 11 November 2013 Read the article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the killing, by a US drone, of Pakistani Taleban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, his succession by the “Radio Mullah” and implication for attempts to talk peace with both the Taleban of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Conclusion: President Obama’s anti-terrorism policy contradicts Pakistani Prime […]

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Fazlullah has Mulla Omar’s backing

AAN

The News International (Pakistan), 8 November 2013 Although the "news" in the headline is not detailed and based on anonymous, somewhat dubious sources, the rest of the article is highly interesting because it details the inner strcutures and dealings of the Pakistani Taleban, in he light of the killing – through a drone attack – of […]

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Pakistan: Der ferngesteuerte Krisenstaat

AAN Team

Wochenzeitung (Zurich), 7 November 2013 A guest article (in German) by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, looking at the implications of the killing, by a drone attack, of Pakistani Taleban Hakimullah Mehsud, on Pakistan’s internal situation in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif desperately needs internal stability if he wants to tackle the complex socio-economic and institutional crises […]

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Pakistan ‘will allow Afghan officials to meet key Taliban leader’

AAN Team

The Telegraph, 30 October 2013 In an article on the trilateral Afghan-Pakistani-UK meeting in London, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted: “However, after three years in captivity it is unclear whether Mullah Baradar still retains influence over the movement and whether his allegiances may have shifted, according to a recent analysis by Kate Clark of the […]

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Afghan government under pressure to make peace with Taliban

AAN Team

ABC (Radio Australia), 29 October 2013 Discussing the latest British attempt to get Pakistan and Afghanistan cooperating on Taleban talks, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted (listen to an audio file): “[Interviewer:] Pakistan is the Taliban’s strongest backer – if peace is going to prevail, Pakistan needs to drag the militants to the negotiating table. But […]

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Former Taliban Leader’s Release Fails To Revive Peace Talks

AAN Team

RFE/RL, 22 October 2013 Article with extensive quotes of AAN’s Kate Clark: Kate Clark, a senior analyst at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, says she is not surprised that Baradar’s release has not immediately resulted in peace talks. “What you needed was not only his release but some mechanism or political […]

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Pakistan army chief Kayani tipped to get new powerful job on retirement: sources

AAN

Reuters, 4 October 2013 General Ashfaq Kayani, Pakistan's army chief to step down next month, is likely to become "head of a revamped and more powerful Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC)", the news agency reports. "One senior [Pakistani] intelligence official said [Prime Minister Nawaz] Sharif planned to overhaul the JCSC, a largely ceremonial office, […]

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The Road Through Qatar: Opportunities and hurdles for a political solution in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Central Asia and the Caucasus, 03-04/2013 In its Afghanistan-special, the Sweden-based academic journal published an article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig. Only abstract accessible online: “While a military solution in Afghanistan has failed, the search for a political solution that includes the insurgent Taliban movement has not yielded any significant results, despite initial U.S.-Taliban contacts in […]

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The Release of Mullah Baradar: What’s next for negotiations?

Kate Clark

It has been reported that Pakistan has released the most senior Taleban it had in its custody, Mullah Abdul-Ghani Baradar. At the time of his arrest in Karachi in 2010, Baradar was the effective number two in the movement and de facto operational chief of the insurgency. Both the Pakistani and Afghan governments have said […]

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What came out of the Peace Talks in Islamabad? An Afghan and a Pakistani take

Reza Rumi

Did the Afghan-Pakistani peace talks in Islamabad over the past two days yield results to speak of? There were surprisingly positive moments – moments that justified the hope pinned on this trip. Then again, listening in closer to the concluding statements of the Pakistani Prime Minister and the Afghan President, both leaders seemed to be […]

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Af-Pak roller coaster and a possible new Taleban office

Borhan Osman

Tomorrow, 26 August, President Hamed Karzai is visiting Islamabad; it will be the first visit since February 2012. At the top of the agenda: peace talks – again. In the lead-up to this visit, officials of the two countries spoke of alternatives to the Taleban’s Qatar office. AAN’s Borhan Osman (with input by Thomas Ruttig) […]

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