In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan discuss Singapore’s economic and social innovations, the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew; the competition with revanchist authoritarian powers, and how to preserve peace and promote prosperity across the Indo-Pacific region.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on July 27, 2022 at 9:00am PT.



Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan is Minister for Foreign Affairs and a Member of Parliament. He previously served as the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, and of Entrepreneurship; Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and for Community Development, Youth and Sports; Second Minister for Trade and Industry and for Information, Communications and the Arts; and Minister of State for National Development. Dr. Balakrishnan studied Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and was previously the Medical Director of Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).

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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