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With Taliban Talks Scuttled, What’s Next for Afghanistan?


U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attends the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha, July 08, 2019
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attends the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha, July 08, 2019

On September 7, U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly announced that he was calling off talks with the Taliban—at the very moment when U.S. and Taliban negotiators were on the verge of a deal.

What can be made of Trump’s sudden decision; what might it mean for future peace prospects and a negotiated settlement for the Afghan conflict?

The latest edition of The AfPak File, the joint podcast series of the Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, discusses these questions and more.

The guests were Dr. Thomas Johnson, a professor at the Monterey Institute and author of the book Taliban Narratives; Tanya Goudsouzian, a journalist with TRT World; and Michael Kugelman, South Asia senior associate and Asia Program deputy director at the Wilson Center.

Muhammad Tahir, media manager at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Washington, DC moderates the discussion.

AfPak File: With Taliban Talks Scuttled, What’s Next for Afghanistan?
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