Battlegrounds: International Perspectives On Crucial Challenges To Security

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Ukraine: Perspectives on Democracy in Eastern Europe

Wednesday, November 3, 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 3 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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Pakistan: U.S. Serial Gullibility And The Epicenter Of Jihadist Terrorism

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador Husain Haqqani discuss Pakistani foreign policy, jihadist terrorism, and the future of South Asia in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ambassador Husain Haqqani on Wednesday, October 6 at 9:15am PT.

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Return Of The Taliban: A Conversation With Yalda Hakim, BBC World Service

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Yalda Hakim discuss her film “Return of Taliban” which explores the Taliban of today, what they stand for and what is at stake in the unfolding situation in Afghanistan.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Yalda Hakim on Thursday, September 9 at 9:00am PT.

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The Rise And Fall Of Osama Bin Laden: A Conversation With Peter Bergen

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Peter Bergen discuss the history and evolution of jihadist terrorist groups, their objectives, and the implications for international security.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Peter Bergen on Tuesday, September 7 at 9:00am PT.

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The Long War And U.S. Policy In South Asia And The Middle East

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and General John Abizaid discuss the evolution of the Long War against jihadist terrorist organizations, what is at stake across the greater Middle East, and what we might learn from our experience since 9-11.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with General John Abizaid on Thursday, August 26 at 9:00am PT.

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Japan: The Legacy Of Japan's Longest Serving Prime Minister

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe reflect on his service as prime minister, shared security challenges, and the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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Canada: America's Nearest Ally

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Canadian Ambassador to the US David MacNaughton discuss the U.S.-Canada relationship and its implications for trade, economics, security, and climate policy.

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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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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.