AfPak File Podcast: The Russia Connection In the Afghanistan Peace Process

Last week, Taliban officials met with senior Afghan politicians - none of them members of the government in Kabul - in Moscow. It marked the second time in recent weeks that the insurgents held meetings in Russia.

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On Afghanistan

Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia, Asia Program:

The AfPak File Podcast

Launched in September 2018, the AfPak File Podcast is a new series jointly hosted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Wilson Center's Asia Program.  In each episode, a group of experts gather to discuss key topics affecting the region.  Asia Program Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman joins each program.

Episodes (in reverse chronological order)

AfPak File Podcast: The US/Taliban Talks: Significance, Implications, And Next Steps

In recent days, the United States and the Taliban reportedly agreed to a framework for a potential deal - one that could involve the Taliban denying space to international terror groups and to an eventual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

AfPak File Podcast: Unpacking the Relationship Between Tehran and the Taliban

Dispatches: February 2018

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Taliban Peace Talks: the 'Breakthrough' and the Risk

“It’s remarkable. We shouldn’t mistake a mere framework or roadmap for an actual deal, but let’s face it: until relatively recently, no one really thought that we would be in a position where we could say that we had a blueprint for some type of peace deal,” Michael Kugelman tells France 24. 
Still, he says, the future is riddled with risks, both short-term and long.

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