Two Interventions: Comparing Soviet and US-led state-building in Afghanistan

Although there is a broad consensus that building a capable and legitimate state is key to success in Afghanistan, there has been little systematic comparison between the current US-led intervention and the Soviet state-building intervention that took place between 1979 and 1989. This paper aims to remedy that by analysing the trajectories of both interventions. […]

The AfPak Strategy: Reactions in Pakistan

Viewing Pakistan in a historical and geostrategic context, this paper by eminent Pakistan and India expert Karl Fischer highlights those aspects of the new United States strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan (formerly termed ‘the AfPak Strategy’) that are more relevant for Pakistan and shows predominant Pakistani reactions to these issues. The selection is limited to […]

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Pakistan in 2010

While the world is discussing strategies to exit Afghanistan, the crisis in neighbouring Pakistan is deepening. What the silent majority of Pakistanis voted for in the elections of February 2008 – a secular democracy – is proving elusive. The army has since reemerged as a major political actor and the Taleban are gaining ground. This […]

Governance in Afghanistan in Regional Perspective

In discussions about governance and reforms in Afghanistan, the regional dimension – and in particular Afghanistan’s relative position in comparison with its neighbouring countries – is often neglected. In this paper Dr. Christian Wagner, head of the Asia Research group at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Berlin), compares Afghanistan to other South […]

The State of the Afghan State

In this paper, Anders Fänge, AAN member and Country Director of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, gives his views on where Afghanistan stands, what went wrong and what can be done – in this third attempt of government-driven ambitious and wide-ranging national reform programmes within a hundred years that caused a major armed rebellion. Anders […]

Money can’t buy America love

Foreign Policy, 1 December 2009 AAN member Andrew Wilder presents the initial findings of a Tufts research on the linkages between aid and security. The full article is available below: Money can’t buy America love

Ann Wilkens: Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan

In: Kristina Zetterlund (ed.), Pakistan – Consequences of Deteriorating Security in Afghanistan, Stockholm: FOI (Swedish Defence Research Agency) January 2009, pp. 88-107 This book which contains contributions by Rohan Gunaratna, Imtiaz Gul, Stephen Cohen and others was part of a project on security policy development in Pakistan. Full publication available below: Ann Wilkens: Relations between […]