H. R. McMaster

Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow
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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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Gen. H.R. McMaster Weighs In On Trump’s Middle East Agenda

interview with H. R. McMastervia Fox News
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses the Abraham Accords and the Trump Administration's Middle East strategy.
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H. R. McMaster: The Policy “Battlegrounds” He Has Won, Lost, And Continues To Fight

interview with H. R. McMastervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, US Army, ret., the former national security advisor and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution discusses his latest book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, a re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security.

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‘Strategic Empathy’: H.R. McMaster On Foreign Policy And China

featuring H. R. McMastervia The Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

U.S.-China developments can change by the day. But that’s exactly why standing back to take in the long view matters. Here, historian, decorated general, and former national security adviser H.R. McMaster takes stock.

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H.R. McMaster On The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast

interview with H. R. McMastervia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellows H. R. McMaster and Victor Davis Hanson discuss McMaster's new book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World. VDH also talks about his new NRO essay on the dangers of conventional wisdom.

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H.R. McMaster: Trump Urges World Nations To Hold China Accountable For Coronavirus Toll

interview with H. R. McMastervia Fox News
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses China's inability to take responsibility for the spread of COVID-19.

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H. R. McMaster: Latest Tell-All, By Former National Security Adviser McMaster, Is Not All About Trump

interview with H. R. McMastervia NPR
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses his new book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.

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Trump's Ex-national Security Adviser H.R. McMaster Warns Afghan Peace Talks Will Fail, Leave Us Vulnerable

featuring H. R. McMastervia USA Today
Monday, September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said U.S.-backed peace talks in Afghanistan are doomed to end in "failure" and warned the risk of another 9/11-style attack on America is "very high."

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Trump’s Ex-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster Talks His New Memoir

interview with H. R. McMastervia Good Morning America (ABC)
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses serving 13 months in the Trump White House and his new book Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.

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H.R. McMaster: Trump Freeing Taliban Fighters May Lead To Another 9/11

interview with H. R. McMastervia USA Today
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster says it's a mistake to think the Taliban could be a partner for peace, and that type of thinking could lead to another 9/11.

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Gen. McMaster: China Seeks To Co-Opt American Institutions To Gain Advantage

featuring H. R. McMastervia OANN
Monday, September 21, 2020

A former national security advisor recently highlighted the danger posed to international security by increased aggression from China.

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