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AfPak File: What To Make Of The Taliban’s 'Mullahcratic' All-Male Cabinet?

September 9, 202153:46

This week, the Taliban announced the names of the officials that will head its new government—one that the Taliban describes as a caretaker one, and not permanent.

All positions will be held by Taliban leaders, including several from the brutal Haqqani Network faction. None will be held by women.

The latest episode of The AfPak File assesses the Taliban’s new government and considers what it means for Afghanistan moving forward.

Joining the discussion are Tamim Asey, founder and executive chairman of the Institute of War and Peace Studies; previously Afghanistan's deputy minister of defense; Aisha Khurram, a student at Kabul University, formerly Afghanistan's youth ambassador to UN; Mohammad Amin Mudaqiq, the director of RFE/RL's Mashaal Radio and formerly Kabul bureau chief RFE/RL's Afghan Service, locally known as Radio Azadi, and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center.

Muhammad Tahir, media manager with RFE/RL in Washington DC, moderates the discussion.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.


Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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