Battlegrounds: International Perspectives On Crucial Challenges To Security

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Mexico: How to Advance Security, Promote Prosperity, and Foster Cooperation in our Western Hemisphere Neighborhood

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Foreign Minister of Mexico, Jorge Castañeda Gutman, discuss opportunities to promote peace and prosperity as well as prevailing foreign perceptions of the United States in the Western Hemisphere and beyond

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Denmark: NATO, The European Union, And The Future Of The Transatlantic Community

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Danish Prime Minister and former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen discuss the upcoming NATO Summit, international security, and the future of democracy and free markets.   

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India: Opportunities And Challenges For A Strategic Partnership

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar discuss how the U.S. can work together with the world’s largest democracy on economics, diplomacy, and security to build a better future.

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Panama: Perspectives On Economic Development, Trade, Organized Crime, And The Immigration Crises

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Panama Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado discuss Panama-US relations, factors affecting Western Hemisphere security and prosperity, and implications for Panamanian and U.S. policy. 

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France | America's Longest Alliance: A U.S.-French Agenda For Security And Prosperity

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Philippe Étienne discuss energy security, the European Union’s recovery from COVID-19, intra-EU relationships, combatting terrorism in West Africa and competitions between authoritarianism and democracy.

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UAE: US Policy In The Middle East And Prospects For Peace And Economic Growth In A Troubled Region

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Yousef Al Otaiba discuss the Abraham Accords, the humanitarian crisis centered on ongoing crises in Syria and Yemen, the threat from Iran, and great power competition in the Middle East.

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The United Kingdom: Perspective On Transatlantic Relations And Priorities For Security And Economic Cooperation

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Mark Sedwill discuss the future of the transatlantic relationship and priorities for cooperation among allies and partners to take advantage of opportunities and  overcome challenges from Xi-Jinping’s China to Vladimir Putin’s Russia to jihadist terrorism.

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The United States, Colombia, And Prospects For Western Hemisphere Security And Prosperity In The Post-Covid Era

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Juan Manuel Santos, former President and Minister of National Defense (of Colombia), on Wednesday, March 17 at 9:00am PT.

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Israel: Perspective On Diplomacy, Defense, And Shared Security

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party and opposition leader in the Israeli Parliament discuss challenges to Israel’s security, the Abraham Accords, and the prospects for enduring peace in the Levant and the broader Middle East.

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Celebrating Black History Month: Reflecting On The Achievements And Leadership Of General Roscoe Robinson, Jr., U.S. Army

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this special episode of Battlegrounds in honor of Black History Month, H.R. McMaster and Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Robinson, US Army (Retired), son of General Roscoe Robinson Jr., the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Army, discuss his father’s determination and dedication to serve his country even as he confronted racial inequities in the U.S. military and how all Americans can learn from his leadership and legacy.

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The Battlegrounds interview series provides a needed forum with leaders from key countries to share their assessment of problem sets and opportunities that have implications for U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy. 

Each episode features H.R. McMaster, in a one-on-one conversation with a senior foreign government leader to allow Americans and partners abroad to understand how the past produced the present and how we might work together to secure a peaceful and prosperous future. “Listening and learning from those who have deep knowledge of our most crucial challenges is the first step in crafting the policies we need to secure peace and prosperity for future generations.”


H. R. McMaster is the host of Battlegrounds. He is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.  He is also the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  He was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984, McMaster served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.