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The Ally From Hell

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The Atlantic, 1 November 2011 On the US-Pak relationship, the lies Pakistan is telling the US, the lies the US is telling itself – and about how much (or not) the Pakistani nuclear programme is protected, details about how the US want to render it useless in the case of an islamist coup and what […]

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AAN In The Media – November 2011

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Vier Optionen – alle negativ Mannheimer Morgen, 30 November 2011 The German local newspaper, in an article describing Afghanistan’s situation before the Bonn 2 conference, summarises the four post-2014 options laid out in a joint paper earlier this year by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and the SWP’s Citha Maaß. Pakistan boykottiert Bonn Neues Deutschland, 30 November […]

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Hazara: another ‘abandoned’ community

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Friday Times (Pakistan), 21 – 27 October 2011 In the Lahore-based independent Pakistani weekly, commentator Khaled Ahmad decries the systematic, fatwa- supported killing of Quetta Hazaras by sectarian terrorist groups, and the government’s failure to stop this, as ‘nothing short than ethnic-cleansing’ and ‘a sign of the demise of the Pakistani state’.

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Pakistan, Taleban, America and the vacillations of the Afghan president

Kate Clark

President Karzai’s offer to back Pakistan if it ever came under attack from America was breath-taking. ‘God forbid,’ he told GEO TV during a visit to Islamabad, ‘if a war breaks between Pakistan and America, we will side [with] Pakistan. We are your brother.’ It was not just the scenario of an American-funded, trained and […]

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Pakistan’s Tiny Hazara Minority Struggles To Survive

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RFE, 8 October 2011 Abubakar Siddique and Khudainoor Nasar report about the background and context of recent anti-Hazara/Shia violence in Pakistan and about the particularly vulnerable situation of Hazaras in Quetta.

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The government’s new peace strategy: Who to talk to?

Martine van Bijlert

After the Rabbani assassination, the Afghan government has made it clear that it intends to revise its peace strategy. It has however been very short on the details of what this might look like, other than that it needs to revolve around ‘talking to Pakistan’. The change comes in the midst of deteriorating relations with […]

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AAN In The Media – October 2011

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Deadly Taliban Kabul attack highlights US reliance on private contractors Christian Science Monitor, 30 October 2011 After it transpired that there was a number of contractors among the victims of the 29 October suicide attack in Kabul, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig comments on the role of such contactors: ‘Information about this aspect of the war only […]

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State failure (Killing of Hazaras in Baluchistan)

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Friday Times (Pakistan), 23-29 September 2011 In his editorial, Najam Sethi reports that ‘[o]ver 500 Shia Hazaras have been killed in Balochistan by Sunni extremists in the recent past. Last Tuesday, a bus was waylaid near Quetta by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists who mowed down 26 Shia passengers in cold blood. A month earlier, a story in […]

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12 September 2011: Discussion Paper by Ann Wilkens: A New Pakistan is Needed

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This latest discussion paper by Ann Wilkens, Advisory Board member of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) outlines key political challenges facing Pakistan and relevant for Afghanistan. The focus of the report is on possible political openings after the killing of Osama bin Laden. For more details click here.

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Another Pakistan Is Needed: Can Openings Emerge Post-Osama bin Laden?

Ann Wilkens

This latest discussion paper by Ann Wilkens, Advisory Board member of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) outlines key political challenges facing Pakistan and relevant for Afghanistan. The focus of the report is on possible political openings after the killing of Osama bin Laden. While still too early to speak of Pakistan as a failed state, […]

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AAN In The Media – September 2011

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An Afghan whodunnit The Guardian, 28 September 2011 Article quotes Kate Clark’s blog on the background of Wahidyar, the member of the High Peace Council who introduced Esmatullah, the assassin, to Rabbani. U.S. Consolidated Domination of Global Arms Market in 2010 IPS, 27 September 2011 The US held 50% of the total global arms market […]

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