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.




His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan pursued a distinguished military career before ascending to the Throne in 1999. King Abdullah II has launched and supported several initiatives that promote intra- and inter-faith harmony and peace around the world, such as the “Amman Message”, “A Common Word”, and the annual UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. In 2015, His Majesty launched the Aqaba Process initiative to enhance regional and international coordination to counter terrorism and extremism within a holistic approach that extends to the military, security, and ideological dimensions. In recognition of his efforts to promote peace and interfaith harmony, King Abdullah II has received several prestigious awards, including the Peace of Westphalia Prize, the Templeton Prize, Italy’s Lamp of Peace of St. Francis, the Scholar-Statesman Award from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.


H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and the Japan Chair at the Hudson Institute. 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 25th 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.

Battlegrounds 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.”


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