Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret.) — Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford, former National Security Advisor

On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Clements Center for National Security will host Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret.), Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University and former National Security Advisor, for a virtual book talk on his upcoming release Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World. Please join us from 12:15—1:30 p.m. CDT. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m.


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H.R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. A native of Philadelphia, H.R. graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He served as an Army officer for 34 years and retired as a lieutenant general in 2018. He remained on active duty while serving as the 26th assistant to the president for national security sffairs. He taught history at West Point and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army, (Ret.), the former national security advisor and author of the bestselling classic Dereliction of Duty, comes a bold and provocative re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security.

Across multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent and poorly implemented. As a result, America and the free world have fallen behind rivals in power and influence. Meanwhile, threats to security, freedom and prosperity such as nuclear proliferation and jihadist terrorism have grown. In Battlegrounds, McMaster describes efforts to reassess and fundamentally shift policies while he was national security advisor. And he provides a clear pathway forward to improve strategic competence and prevail in complex competitions against our adversaries.

Battlegrounds is a groundbreaking reassessment of America's place in the world, drawing from McMaster's long engagement with these issues, including 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas and his 13 months as national security advisor in the Trump White House. It is also a powerful call for Americans and citizens of the free world to transcend the vitriol of partisan political discourse, better educate themselves about the most significant challenges to national and international security, and work together to secure peace and prosperity for future generations.


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