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Several weeks after word leaked of a new Biden administration peace plan for Afghanistan, news has emerged of a counterproposal from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The plan, which he intends to formally announce at an upcoming peace conference in Turkey, calls for a ceasefire and fresh elections.

The plan does not call for a new, unelected interim government, as the US plan does. The Taliban has rejected Ghani's plan.

What is the significance of this plan, why has Ghani introduced the plan now, and is it at all viable? The latest edition of The AfPak File discusses these questions and more.

Joining the discussion are Tamim Asey, the former Afghan deputy minister of defense and founder and executive chairman of the Institute of War and Peace Studies in Kabul; Mariam Wardak, a journalist and activist; Malali Bashir, a journalist and senior editor with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Pashto and Dari services for Afghanistan, locally known as Radio Azadi; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia with the Wilson Center. Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's Washington DC media manager, moderates the debate.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.

Moderator

Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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