H. R. McMaster

Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow
Biography: 

H. R. McMaster 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.

From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future army as the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and the deputy commanding general of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). As commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force. His has extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime including Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force—Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

McMaster holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996.  He is author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and the award-winning Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.  He was a contributing editor for Survival: Global Politics and Strategy from 2010 to 2017.  His many essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare have appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Survival, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.  

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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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GoodFellows: The Glenn Show

interview with Glenn Loury, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

This week, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of economics at Brown University Glenn Loury joins the GoodFellows to discuss the Rittenhouse verdict and the controversies about race, the media, and guns that arose from the trial and the coverage of the verdict.

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The Glenn Show

interview with Glenn Loury, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

This week, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of economics at Brown University Glenn Loury joins the GoodFellows to discuss the Rittenhouse verdict and the controversies about race, the media, and guns that arose from the trial and the coverage of the verdict.

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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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Food For Thought

interview with Tyler Cowen, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cryptocurrency’s future, fossil fuels and alternate energy sources, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, a new university devoted to academic freedom emerging deep in the heart of Texas, plus ethnic food as the gateway to a better understanding of economics and immigration: all are part of a multicourse intellectual feast featuring Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane, with their guest, George Mason University economist/blogger/podcaster/foodie Tyler Cowen.

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GoodFellows: Food for Thought

interview with Tyler Cowen, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cryptocurrency’s future, fossil fuels and alternate energy sources, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, a new university devoted to academic freedom emerging deep in the heart of Texas, plus ethnic food as the gateway to a better understanding of economics and immigration: all are part of a multicourse intellectual feast featuring Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane, with their guest, George Mason University  economist/blogger/podcaster/foodie Tyler Cowen.

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H.R. McMaster On Biden-Xi Meeting: World Will Be Less Free, Safe If China Takes Over

interview with H. R. McMastervia Fox Business
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster argues there were no breakthroughs during Biden’s virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and notes the world will be less safe if China takes over.

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H.R. McMaster: Former National Security Advisor On Biden, Xi Virtual Summit: This Should Be A Top ESG Issue

interview with H. R. McMastervia CNBC Television
Monday, November 15, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses the US's relationship with China.

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H.R. McMaster's View Of A Foreign Policy Debacle That Weakened The US

interview with H. R. McMastervia CNN
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses the war in Afghanistan and the peace agreements with the Taliban.

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H. R. McMaster: The War In Afghanistan And Emerging National Security Threats

interview with H. R. McMastervia The Fox News Rundown
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster talks about his thoughts on the war in Afghanistan and what emerging national security threats the US may face.

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