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Battlegrounds w/ H.R. McMaster: An Italy and Europe Perspective on the Great Power Competition

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM PT on an "Italy and Europe Perspective on the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Great Power Competition."

In our third episode of battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador shed light on the challenges facing southern Europe. The rich discussion will include instability in the Sahel and Libya; relations with Turkey; the refugee crisis and the rise of populism in Europe; and the EU and NATO response to the COIVD crisis, Russian subversion and China’s Wolf Warrior diplomacy.


Ambassador Mariangela Zappia is Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations. Previously she served as the Diplomatic Advisor and Sherpa to the Prime Minister of Italy and as Permanent Representative of Italy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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.


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.”

For more information, visit: https://www.hoover.org/battlegrounds_perspectives.
Pick up a copy of "Battlegrounds: The Fight To Defend The Free World," by H.R. McMaster here – https://www.hoover.org/research/battlegrounds-fight-defend-free-world.

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