AFGHANISTAN 2014: BETWEEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND WESTERN TROOP WITHDRAWAL

AFGHANISTAN 2014: BETWEEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND WESTERN TROOP WITHDRAWAL

BY THOMAS RUTTIG
Afghanistan Analysts Network
(Kabul)

SATURDAY, 12 OCTOBER
14:30–15.30 / HALL #2
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

Thomas Ruttig is a founder, co-director and senior analyst of the independent think tank Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) based in Kabul and Berlin.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Ruttig graduated in Afghan Studies from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1985 and speaks both Pashto and Dari fluently. He worked and lived for more than 10 years in Afghanistan and Pakistan. After his graduation in 1985, he joined the diplomatic service of the German Democratic Republic and served at its Kabul embassy in 1988/89. In 2000, he joined the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNSMA, later UNAMA) as a political affairs officer. During that time, he worked as an advisor to the Afghan Independent Emergency Loya Jirga Commission and head of UNAMA’s Islamabad and Gardez offices, respectively. In 2003, Thomas Ruttig was appointed Deputy of the Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan. In 2004, he joined the German Embassy in Kabul as a political councillor, and in 2006-2008, he worked as a Visiting Fellow at the Berlin-based think tank SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/German Institute for International and Security Affairs). Since 2008, he is an independent analyst on Afghanistan. In 2011, Thomas Ruttig was called by the Government of Afghanistan to join the Presidential Study Group to examine the topic of Radicalization in Afghan Society.

His online publications are available from the following links:
http://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/author/thomas-ruttig