H.R. McMaster, Former National Security Advisor

Commonwealth Club of California

Published on Oct 1, 2020

H.R. McMaster is one of the most celebrated modern military leaders in America. His achievements include serving as a captain during the Gulf War, being responsible for fighting the Iraqi insurgency during the war in Iraq, writing the widely-read book Dereliction of Duty, and most recently serving as national security advisor under President Donald Trump.

In his new book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, McMaster argues that American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent and poorly implemented since the end of the Cold War. He 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.

His book draws on 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.

Join us for a conversation with Lt. General H.R. McMaster as he calls 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.

NOTES Part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

McMaster photo by Ray Kachatorian

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020


Lt. General H.R. McMaster U.S. Army (Retired); Former National Security Advisor; Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

In Conversation with Brian Fishman Twitter@brianfishman

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