On July 7 and 8, several dozen Afghan political figures and civil society members met with Taliban representatives for an intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha, Qatar. The dialogue resulted in a joint statement that laid out a roadmap for peace.

What is the significance of this joint statement, what might it mean for U.S.-Taliban talks, and what might it portend for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan more broadly? And what are the implications for Afghanistan’s volatile political situation, which includes a presidential election scheduled for the end of September?

In the latest edition of The AfPak File Podcast, experts discuss these issues and more.

The guest speakers include Dr. Nilofar Sakhi, lecturer at George Mason University; Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, director for the Afghanistan and Pakistan Program at the Middle East Institute; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty media manager Muhammad Tahir moderated the discussion.

This podcast was originally posted on RFE/RL.