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Is there a chance for peace in Afghanistan? | Inside Story

Richard Ponzio joins others speakers on Aljazeera to discuss whether a future peace deal would hold in Afghanistan

Originally hosted on Al Jazeera English

The Afghan government and the Taliban are finally taking up an opportunity for peace. They have agreed on a set of rules that would allow substantive negotaitions to start. The breakthrough was announced in Qatar’s capital Doha and aims to put an end to almost two decades of conflict. Not many details have been given on the political agenda or when the talks will begin. The Afghan government has repeatedly demanded Taliban fighters stop their attacks. But the group has refused to agree to a ceasefire until other issues have been resolved. But could any future peace deal hold?

Published on Al Jazeera English’s Youtube Channel on December 3, 2020


  • Bernard Smith, New Correspondent, Al Jazeera English


  • Omar Samad, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and former adviser to Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
  • Mushtaq Rahim, founding member of Afghanistan Affairs Unit think tank.
  • Richard Ponzio, former U.S. State Department adviser on Afghanistan.
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