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Last week, Afghanistan held a loya jirga to discuss possible ways forward in peace and reconciliation efforts. More than 3000 people attended the event, which yielded a 23-point resolution outlining a number of priorities, including a ceasefire.

However, many political opponents of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who organized the event, refused to attend. The Taliban, which also did not attend, rejected the idea of a ceasefire.

The latest episode of the AfPak File, the joint podcast series of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Wilson Center, focuses on the significance and implications of the recent jirga, and what could be next in efforts to launch peace and reconciliation efforts.

The guests were Haroun Mir, founder of the Center for Research and Policy Studies in Kabul; Dr. Nilofar Sakhi, lecturer at George Mason University; Omid Marzban, Senior Correspondent at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghan Service, Radio Azadi, and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center. Muhammad Tahir, media manager at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, moderated the discussion.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.


Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia
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