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The Problem with U.S.-Taliban Reconciliation Talks in Qatar

January 23, 2019

Episode Notes:

Wednesday, the U.S. State Dept confirmed that Zalmay Khalilzad, US special representative on Afghan reconciliation, is having talks with the Taliban in Qatar. The day before, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a massive assault against an Afghan intelligence base in central Wardak province, killings up to 100 people.

Gianni Koskinas, Senior Fellow with the International Security Program at New America, joins the WarCast to discuss why he believes the U.S. isĀ "chasing unicorns in Qatar" and what to expect from the talks. (~13 minutes)

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:54 ] Setting the reconciliation agenda
[ 4:49 ] Whether the Taliban have an interest in peace talks
[ 8:50 ] How the U.S. manage their interests in the current situation