AAN In Media

Refugees: It Really Wasn’t Merkel

Zeit online, 11 October 2016 In this article putting the ‘Merkel factor’ of the 2015 migration movements into Europe into context, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in the part “If it wasn’t Merkel, then who was it?”, referring to the “security situation in Afghanistan worsened significantly.” Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network estimates that between […]

The Aftermath of Two Attacks

Inside Higher Ed (website), 10 October 2016 Report on the aftermath of the recent attack on the American University of Afghanistan and the abduction of two of its professors, quotes a recent dispatch by AAN’s Borhan Osman. The dispatch discussed the Taleban’s inner dynamics with regard to the attack and the fact that it wasn’t claimed. […]

Why Kunduz Fell

Long War Journal, 10 October 2016 This Long War Journal report on “Why Kunduz Fell” argues that the situation in Kunduz leading up to the fall of the provincial capital in 2015, in many ways mirrors the present state of the country as a whole. The article lists four AAN dispatches – one by Obaid Ali, […]

Taliban vallen ook hoofdstad van Helmand aan

Trouw (Dutch daily), 10 October 2016 Article discussing the Taleban assault on Helmand’s capital Lashkargah, refers to a pattern that can be found all over Afghanistan: the Taleban attack, the government sends elite forces who push the attackers out and are then moved elsewhere, and the area is then left for the – demoralised and […]

De afghanske sikkerhetsstyrkene har ikke kollapset, men situasjonen er prekær

VG, 9 October 2016 Article quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert extensively on the situation of the Afghan government and security forces. She says that the “system hasn’t collapsed, but the situation is precarious.” Med Kunduz i fjor hadde den afghanske regjeringen for første gang mistet en provinshovedstad – og det var ganske vanskelig for dem […]

Top Picks: Damning reports, dodgy deals, and dangerous convoys

IRIN News, 7 October 2016 AAN’s recent dispatch on the EU-Afghanistan migration agreement was one of IRIN’s top picks of the week: At a major conference in Brussels this week, foreign governments agreed to provide Afghanistan with $3.75 billion in aid over the next four years – but not without some strings attached. The EU unveiled its […]

Schwerer Talibanangriff auf nordafghanische Stadt Kundus

web.de, 3 October 2016 Article quotes AAN: In Kundus hat Gouverneur Assadullah Omarchel dem Rechercheinstitut Afghanistan Analysts Network vor kurzem gesagt, er solle zwar eine ganze Provinz regieren, sei aber meistens in der Stadt gestrandet.

Kundus hängt am seidenen Faden

Tageschau, 28 September 2016 “Unabhängige Organisationen wie die International Crisis Group oder das Afghanistan Analysts Network sowie Sicherheitsexperten für internationale Organisationen, die zuletzt in Kundus waren, bestätigen Shukria Ahmadis Schilderungen. Die deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), der entwicklungspolitische Arm der Bundesregierung, schickt derzeit keine Mitarbeiter nach Kundus und versucht, die Projekte von Kabul oder […]

From the Taliban Frying Pan to the Islamic State Fire

Foreign Policy, 27 September 2016 Heather Barr quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman in her article on IS in Afghanistan: “The Taliban consistently articulates goals that solely pertain to its quest to regain control of Afghanistan. … This is in sharp contrast to the global ambitions of the Islamic State, which announced the establishment of its own, global caliphate […]

Afghanistanekspert: Må skape fred og jobber translate [Peace and jobs must be brought]

Klassekampen, 23 September 2016 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig quoted extensively in this two-pager in the Norwegian left-wing daily on the triple crisis in Afghanistan: socio-economic, security and governmental, based on an interview during the Afghanistan week organised by Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC). Not online yet, but here a screenshot from Twitter.

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