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Afghanistan is suffering through a terrible humanitarian crisis. Afghans are facing major economic stress, including rising inflation, and millions are also impacted by food insecurity and drought.

With the US and other countries and international financial organizations seeking to pressure the Taliban by cutting off access to Afghan foreign reserves, the stress for Afghans figures to worsen.

The latest episode of The AfPak File examines what is driving this crisis, what it means for the new Taliban government, how it can be addressed, and what the role of the international community can and should be.

Joining the discussion are Obaidullah Baheer, a lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan; Sami Mahdi, a journalist and lecturer at Kabul University; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center.

Muhammed Tahir, the Washington DC media manager for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, moderates the debate.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.

Moderator

Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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