Afghanistan: A Strategic Failure with Ret. Col. Robert Hamilton

August 30th, 2021 · 36 mins 50 secs

About this Episode

Dr. Robert Hamilton of the U.S. Army War College returns to the show to speak with hosts Lera and Zach about the future of Afghanistan and the fate of the region's security architecture. Currently on leave to serve as advisor to the Georgian Ministry of Defense, Dr. Hamilton discusses the role of the Georgian military in the Afghanistan War and what the U.S. withdrawal (and Taliban rule) means for Georgia's future as well. He poses three questions concerning the regional security architecture: (1) What's the role of the SCO (the Shanghai Cooperation Organization), (2) What is the relationship between Russia and China going forward, and (3) How will Russia and China step in to fill the vacuum created by the withdrawal of US presence from Afghanistan? Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy!


Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Hamilton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Eurasian Studies at the U.S. Army War College and a Black Sea Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, spent primarily as a Eurasian Foreign Area Officer, he served overseas in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Germany, Belarus, Qatar, Afghanistan, the Republic of Georgia, Pakistan and Kuwait. He is the author of numerous articles and monographs on conflict and security issues, focusing principally on the former Soviet Union and the Balkans. He is a graduate of the German Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Russian Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from the University of Virginia. Dr. Hamilton is currently on leave from the U.S. Army War College and serving as advisor to the Georgian Ministry of Defense in Tbilisi, Georgia. Follow him on Twitter: @bobham88.

NOTE: This episode was recorded on August 24, 2021 via Zoom.

Producer: Lera Toropin (Twitter: @earlportion)
Producer: Cullan Bendig
Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
Assistant Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
Executive Production Assistant: Katherine Birch

Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel, Charlie Harper

Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) Main Theme by Charlie Harper

Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: Instagram: @michelledaniel86)

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