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The World Today - Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Virtual Event


Since America’s founding, its role in the world has been debated at home and abroad, perhaps no more fiercely than today. 

What are the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States today? How has the Trump Administration shaped America’s power and influence around the world? Will U.S. national security priorities be different in a post-COVID-19 world?

At this virtual event, Lieutenant General (Ret.) H.R. McMaster, one of the architects of recent U.S. national security policy, will launch his new book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, in conversation with Michael Horowitz.

Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World is available for purchase:


HR McMaster headshotLt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was the twenty-sixth National Security Advisor of the United States from 2017 to 2018. He is a Perry World House Distinguished Visiting Fellow and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. McMaster is author of the award-winning book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. McMaster was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He also holds a Ph.D. in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, contributing editor for Survival, and a senior consulting fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Michael Horowitz headshotMichael C. Horowitz is Director of Perry World House and Richard Perry Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics. He has published in a wide array of peer reviewed journals, as well as more popular outlets such as the New York Times, Politico, and Foreign Policy. Professor Horowitz spent 2013 working for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Department of Defense as an International Affairs Fellow, funded by the Council on Foreign Relations. He is affiliated with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for a New American Security. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.