Col (Ret’d) Jamie Hammond is currently an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University and was a candidate in the 2019 federal election for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. Previously he was Assistant Deputy Minister International Competitiveness and Strategy in the BC Public Service and was also the Private Secretary to two BC Lieutenant-Governors. Over his 27-year career as a PPCLI officer, he held various key positions, some highlights of which include- founding commanding officer Canadian Special Operations Regiment, COS Land Forces Western Area, Senior Canadian officer as J3 Ops SFOR in Bosnia, and Chief of Campaign Transition and Assessment Group in ISAF Joint HQ Afghanistan. Jamie is also the incoming Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel for the Canadian Scottish Regiment.
Just over one year ago, after 20 years of fighting, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. In spite of many other global crises since then, Afghanistan was again back in the news- almost on the one-year anniversary of the evacuation of Kabul. The latest news event was a drone strike in Kabul killing Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of Al-Qaeda. What does it all mean for Canadians?
The slide deck Afghanistan 20 Years On was presented Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the RUSI-VI Luncheon held at the Bay Street Armoury, the first since covid-19 started.