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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.

This podcast was originally posted on RFE/RL.

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Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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