Episodes
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discuss the future of Iraq and the Middle East, the threat of Iranian influence in the region, and how to break the cycle of sectarian violence.
Published 09/28/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Paul Carrese discuss the need for civics and history education and opportunities to foster an understanding of our nation’s history that acknowledges contradictions and imperfections while extolling the virtues and great promise of our republic. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Paul Carrese, September 7, 2022 at 9:00am PT.
Published 09/07/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Nader Nadery discuss human rights law, the dire situation in Afghanistan, and what more might be done to foster peace and protect innocents.
Published 08/10/22
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.
Published 07/27/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ine Søreide discuss geopolitical realities after Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine and implications for European security, the European Union, NATO, and the transatlantic relationship. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ine Eriksen on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 9:00am PT.
Published 07/20/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and David Schwendiman discuss the evolution of human rights law, international criminal justice, investigations and prosecutions, and its implications for prosecuting war crimes in Ukraine. H.R. McMaster in conversation with David Schwendiman on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 9:00am PT.
Published 06/08/22
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.
Published 05/18/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and European Parliament Secretary-General Klaus Welle discuss European Parliament’s priorities including the EU response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian and security crisis. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Klaus Welle on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 9:00am PT.
Published 05/04/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Vladimir Milov discuss the Russian opposition, the internal and external threats to Putin’s grip on power, and the impacts of Russia’s aggression on the world. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Vladimir Milov on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 9:00am PT.
Published 03/30/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Leopoldo López discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the prospects for restoration of democratic governance under the Constitution and recovery from economic collapse. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Leopoldo López on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 9:00am PT.
Published 03/16/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster speaks to Battlegrounds guest and former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is in Ukraine now, fighting for the freedom of his country alongside fellow Ukrainians as they confront a continued assault by the Russian military and the indiscriminate bombardment of Ukrainian cities. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Oleksiy Honcharuk on Thursday, March 10, 2022.
Published 03/11/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and General Rajmund Andrzejczak discuss the US-Poland relationship and security challenges including increasing Russian aggression in Europe, energy security, and transnational terrorism. H.R. McMaster in conversation with General Rajmund Andrzejczak on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 9:00am PT.
Published 02/02/22
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib discuss the causes of the collapse in Afghanistan, the consequences, and options to mitigate the growing crisis.
Published 01/12/22
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.
Published 12/01/21
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.
Published 11/17/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Brigadier General Meir Finkel of the Israeli Defense Force discuss Finkel’s latest book, Studies in Generalship: Lessons from the Chiefs of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and how to evaluate the effectiveness of military leaders. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Brigadier General Meir Finkel on Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00am PT.
Published 10/20/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador Husain Haqqani discuss Pakistani foreign policy, jihadist terrorism, and the future of South Asia in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ambassador Husain Haqqani on Wednesday, October 6 at 9:15am PT.
Published 10/06/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Yalda Hakim discuss her film “Return of Taliban” which explores the Taliban of today, what they stand for and what is at stake in the unfolding situation in Afghanistan. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Yalda Hakim on Thursday, September 9 at 9:00am PT.
Published 09/09/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Peter Bergen discuss the history and evolution of jihadist terrorist groups, their objectives, and the implications for international security. H.R. McMaster in conversation with Peter Bergen on Tuesday, September 7 at 9:00am PT.
Published 09/07/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and General John Abizaid discuss the evolution of the Long War against jihadist terrorist organizations, what is at stake across the greater Middle East, and what we might learn from our experience since 9-11. H.R. McMaster in conversation with General John Abizaid on Thursday, August 26 at 9:00am PT.
Published 08/26/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe reflect on his service as prime minister, shared security challenges, and the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Published 07/21/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Canadian Ambassador to the US David MacNaughton discuss the U.S.-Canada relationship and its implications for trade, economics, security, and climate policy.
Published 07/07/21
H.R. McMaster in conversation with former Foreign Minister of Mexico, Jorge Castañeda Gutman on Wednesday, June 23 at 9:00am PT, discussing opportunities to promote peace and prosperity as well as the prevailing foreign perceptions of the United States in the Western Hemisphere.
Published 06/23/21
In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Danish Prime Minister and former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen discuss the upcoming NATO Summit, international security, and the future of democracy and free markets.
Published 06/10/21