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Why Did Things Go Astray in Afghanistan?

via Hoover Podcasts
Monday, October 11, 2021

A History Working Group seminar with Carter Malkasian.

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Pakistan: U.S. Serial Gullibility And The Epicenter Of Jihadist Terrorism

via Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador Husain Haqqani discuss Pakistani foreign policy, jihadist terrorism, and the future of South Asia in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ambassador Husain Haqqani on Wednesday, October 6 at 9:15am PT.


H. R. McMaster: Afghanistan 2001-2021: Evaluating The Withdrawal And U.S. Policies - Part II

with H. R. McMastervia Hoover Daily Report
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on "Afghanistan 2001-2021: Evaluating the Withdrawal and U.S. Policies - Part II."

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Yemen, Al-Qaida, And The Jihadi Threat

interview with Elisabeth Kendall, Cole Bunzelvia The Caravan Notebook
Monday, October 4, 2021

A Discussion with Elisabeth Kendall.

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GoodFellows: “Always Be An Autodidact”

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

In this week’s episode, we dove into our mailbag of viewers’ letters. The end result: Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane answering questions ranging from the future of US-Sino relations, sovereign debt, vaccine stockpiling, and bitcoin to advice for young students, the fellows’ favorite scholars, and movies related to their respective fields.

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Dented, Not Damaged: The American Empire After Afghanistan

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Friday, September 24, 2021

When small, even middle-sized powers make grievous mistakes like fighting a losing war or ignoring deadly threats, they risk their place in the global hierarchy or, worse, their existence. Thus did France and Britain when they failed to fight Nazi Germany in the Thirties while still in position of strategic superiority. 

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Afghanistan Post-Mortem

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Friday, September 24, 2021

The United States has lost its longest war. After twenty years of conflict and nation building in Afghanistan, the U.S.-backed Afghan regime collapsed like a house of cards in just a few weeks after the announced departure of American and NATO troops from the country. A final flurry of activity by the U.S. military managed to rescue 123,000 people from Kabul, but as Winston Churchill once said of Dunkirk, “Wars are not won by evacuations.”

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Our Revels Now Are Ended

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Friday, September 24, 2021

It’s hard to win a war when you refuse to understand your enemy. It’s harder still when you cannot realistically define your strategic mission. You lame yourself further when you reduce a complex history to a single inaccurate cliché; i.e., “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires.”

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GoodFellows: Stable . . . And Stagnant?

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Europe’s future includes a post-Merkel Germany, the fallout over the AUSUK technology deal, a shaky NATO alliance post-Afghanistan, Ukraine’s uncertain outlook, plus Russian control of natural gas supplies. Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster and John Cochrane discuss the mood on the other side of the Atlantic, as well as President Biden’s UN address and China’s financial reckoning.

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A Lost War: A Conversation with Victor Davis Hanson and H. R. McMaster on Afghanistan’s Past, Present, and Future

interview with H. R. McMaster, Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 20, 2021


In this frank, no-holds-barred conversation, General H. R. McMaster and Victor Davis Hanson discuss the United States’ mission in Afghanistan: how it began, how it was conducted, and its ignominious end. 


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