AAN In Media

Rejected from Germany: One Afghan’s story

Al Jazeera, 27 My 2017 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig weighs in on the deportations of Afghans from Germany. “The discussion is not about whether Afghanistan is a safe country which can receive deportees or not,” said Thomas Ruttig, a German researcher and cofounder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. “It’s more or less purely about domestic politics […]

How Return of Half a Million Refugees is Impacting One Afghan Province

News Deeply, 23 May 2017 The news service republishes a shorter version of Fazal Muzhary’s AAN dispatch about the problems the Afghan province of Nangrahar is facing after the (often involuntary) return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan – original title: “Resettling Nearly Half a Million Afghans in Nangrahar: The consequences of the mass return of […]

Violence, corruption threaten Afghan progress in getting kids to school

Reuters, 23 May 2017 Article on setbacks in Afghanistan’s education sector quotes AAN’s researcher Ali Adili, in response to his recent AAN dispatch on the education figures: Ali Yawar Adili at the Afghanistan Analysts Network said there was huge mismanagement, citing the case of the Education Ministry printing thousands of incorrect school textbooks that now […]

Abflug eines Warlords: Vizepräsident Dostum geht ins türkische Exil

Tageszeitung, 22 May 2017 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig op-ed contribution about General Dostum leaving into exile in Turkey, officially declared as a trip for “medical treatment.” This deepens the government crisis in Afghanistan further and, given Dostum’s control over the Afghan Uzbek vote bank, necessitates (from President Ghani’s point of view) to develop a new leader […]

Deutsche Entwicklungshelferin getötet

Berliner Morgenpost and Hamburger Abendblatt, 22 May 2017 A quote of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the recent attack on a Christian NGO office in kabul during which a German woman was killed: “Christliche Missionsarbeit ist ein rotes Tuch in Afghanistan – nicht nur für die Taliban”, sagte Thomas Ruttig, Direktor des Afghanistan Analysts Networks, dieser […]

Deutsche Entwicklungshelferin getötet

Morgenpost, 21 May 2017 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig commented on the possible reasons for the recent killing and abduction of a German and Finnish international aid worker in Kabul: Operation Mercy ist eine christliche Vereinigung. Glaubensbasierte Angriffe sind zwar selten, kommen aber immer wieder vor. Zuletzt hatten die Taliban 2014 das Gästehaus einer Organisation angegriffen, die sie […]

Possible US Troop Increase in Afghanistan Aimed at Breaking Stalemate

Voice of America, 17 May 2017 Article quotes AAN’s Kate Clark on the possible increase of US troops in Afghanistan: With some 350,000 Afghan security forces already engaged in the fight, the [US] numbers reportedly under consideration are marginal, and seem intended only to increase pressure on the Taliban to negotiate. “His thinking is basically […]

Warlords in Afghanistan: Ghani und die starken Männer

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 14 May 2017 After Hekmatyar’s return to Afghanistan, Switzerland’s most prominent newspaper looks at the influence of warlords in Afghanistan, extensively quoting AAN’s Thomas Ruttig directly and indirectly: Nach dem Sturz der Taliban 2001, bei dem die amerikanische Luftwaffe die Bodentruppen der Nordallianz unterstützte, wurden viele dieser regionalen Machtträger trotz ihrer oftmals […]

Slagteren fra Kabul er vendt tilbage

Jyllands-Posten, 13 May 2017 In another article about Hekmatyar’s return to Afghanistan, the Danish daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: Præsident Ashraf Ghani, der i over to år forgæves har forsøgt at slutte fred med Ta- liban, fremstiller aftalen med Hekmatyar som en politisk sejr. Men ifølge Afghanistan- eksperten Thomas Ruttig fra Afghan Analyst Network i […]

The Wrong Enemy in Afghanistan

New York Times, 9 May 2017 AAN’s Borhan Osman wrote this opinion piece about the over-hyped IS phenomenon in Afghanistan that overshadows other, more important issues: … the United States obsession with the Islamic State in Khorasan — a minor group in Afghanistan — distracts attention from a more urgent task: negotiating a peace deal with […]

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