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Thematic Dossier (XXI): The aftermath of the 2018 Afghan parliamentary elections

Two months after Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections on 20 October 2018, a final result is still not in view. Afghanistan’s electoral institutions remain deep in their drawn out counting phase. A number of delays have made the original plan to announce a final result yesterday, on 20 December 2018, obsolete. To maintain an overview over post-elections […]

“Förstå Afghanistan“: AAN contributed to Swedish Committee’s Afghanistan reader

The new “Förstå Afghanistan“ (Understanding Afghanistan) reader by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SAK) is out. It covers everything from Afghanistan’s history, its people, state and culture to Afghan-Swedish relations (in Swedish). It has an extensive reading list and scores of good photos. The book’s three dozen contributors include renowned Afghan, Swedish and other authors, […]

Thematic Dossier (XX): Electoral reform and the preparations for the 2018 elections

Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for 20 October this year, three and a half years late. They were delayed so that the electoral system could be reformed – although what that delay achieved in terms of reforms, is questionable. The country’s first district elections are also still scheduled for the same day, although the Independent Election Commission […]

Thematic Dossier XIX: Political Parties in Afghanistan

The years since 2001 constitute the longest period in Afghanistan’s history during which political parties have been able to operate openly. For the first time parties are fully legal. Despite many shortcomings, they have become a reality within the polity of current-day Afghanistan. This political parties dossier compiles all AAN dispatches and reports that deal […]

Afghanistan’s Paradoxical Political Party System: A new AAN report

The role of political parties in Afghanistan’s highly centralised presidential system, with only limited parliamentary checks and balances, is an important yardstick by which to measure how the country has fared in its attempts to democratise in the post-Taleban era. This new AAN thematic report, in cooperation with the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), looks […]

Ideology in the Afghan Taliban: A new AAN report

The Taleban’s ideology has transformed over the past two decades. While the movement once typified a ‘traditionalist’ Islam – that is, it sought to articulate and defend a particular concept of Islam found in southern Pashtun villages – it is now, in its insurgency phase, closer to forms of political Islam espoused in the Arab […]

Two new external publications: The Afghan conflict, the Afghan civil society

1 – An anthology of articles about the Afghan conflict (in German): „The Great Unrest: Afghanistan and its neighbours” is the title of an anthology of articles (all in German) that has been published today by Edition Le Monde diplomatique in cooperation with Berlin daily Tageszeitung (taz). It includes articles that have been published in […]

Warlords, Religious Leaders, Insurgents: Three external publications

Read an overview about three recent external publications of AAN co-director Thomas Ruttig, in the German magazines Orient and INAMO and for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in London. In an article for the quarterly INAMO, a journal run by the Berlin-based Information Project Near and Middle East, Thomas Ruttig has looked at the phenomenon of […]

Thematic Dossier III: What Past Elections Teach Us

Afghanistan is getting ready for its fifth election in ten years. For those who have gone through the previous rounds there is an immense sense of déjà vu. So before embarking on a new round of intense reporting, we decided to look back at the work already done – most of which is as relevant now, as […]