Battlegrounds: International Perspectives On Crucial Challenges To Security

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Jordan: Perspective On Integration, Conflict, And Stability In The Middle East

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan discuss Jordan-US relations; Jordan’s perspective on the most significant challenges in the Middle East; and opportunities for multi-lateral cooperation to improve security and prosperity in the region. 

H.R. McMaster in conversation with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 9:00am PT.

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European Parliament: The Future Of The EU And The Transatlantic Relationship

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and European Parliament Secretary-General Klaus Welle discuss European Parliament’s priorities including the EU response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian and security crisis. 

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Klaus Welle on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 9:00am PT.

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Russian Opposition: Foundations Of The Totalitarian State And Forces For Freedom

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Vladimir Milov discuss the Russian opposition, the internal and external threats to Putin’s grip on power, and the impacts of Russia’s aggression on the world.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Vladimir Milov on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 9:00am PT.

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Venezuela: The Disaster Of The “Socialist Revolution” And Prospects For Recovery

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Leopoldo López discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the prospects for restoration of democratic governance under the Constitution and recovery from economic collapse.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Leopoldo López on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 9:00am PT.

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Ukraine: Today’s Battleground for Freedom | Special Episode

Thursday, March 10, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster speaks to Battlegrounds guest and former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is in Ukraine now, fighting for the freedom of his country alongside fellow Ukrainians as they confront a continued assault by the Russian military and the indiscriminate bombardment of Ukrainian cities. 

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Oleksiy Honcharuk on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

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Poland: On The Front Line Of European Security

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and General Rajmund Andrzejczak discuss the US-Poland relationship and security  challenges including increasing Russian aggression in Europe, energy security, and transnational terrorism. 

H.R. McMaster in conversation with General Rajmund Andrzejczak on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 9:00am PT.

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Collapse And Consequences In Afghanistan: A Conversation With Hamdullah Mohib

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib discuss the causes of the collapse in Afghanistan, the consequences, and options to mitigate the growing crisis.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 9:00am PT.

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Australia: Promoting Peace And Prosperity Across The Indo-Pacific And Beyond

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador Joe Hockey discuss economic recovery from the pandemic, trade, the interconnected challenges of energy security and climate change, and the need to compete in the face of a coercive Chinese Communist Party.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ambassador Joe Hockey on Wednesday, December 1 at 9:00am PT.

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Ukraine: Perspectives On Democracy In Eastern Europe

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk discuss the U.S.-Ukraine relationship, the Russian threat to security, and priorities for reform and strengthening governance in Ukraine.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Oleksiy Honcharuk on Wednesday, November 17 at 9:00am PT.

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Studies In Generalship: A Conversation With Meir Finkel

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Brigadier General Meir Finkel of the Israeli Defense Force discuss Finkel’s latest book, Studies in Generalship: Lessons from the Chiefs of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and how to evaluate the effectiveness of military leaders.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Brigadier General Meir Finkel on Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00am PT.

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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.