McMaster to return to Stanford’s Hoover Institutionadmin
STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Ousted earlier this year as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster is set to return to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in September.
McMaster, according to media reports, aims to develop bipartisan national security ideas as a senior fellow at Hoover.
“Our discourse about national security has become infected by this severe form of political polarization, and it’s regrettable because I do think some really excellent work has happened across the last year-and-a-half to help frame some of the most significant strategic challenges and to craft strategic approaches to advance and protect our interests,” he told the Wall Street Journal in his first major interview since leaving the White House.
McMaster first worked at Hoover in 2002 as a national security affairs fellow and then served as a visiting fellow from 2003 to 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal.
He will hold the Fouad and Michelle Ajami senior fellowship at Hoover, the university announced Monday. In addition, he has been appointed the Bernard and Susan Liautaud visiting fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and will also serve as a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
“H.R. McMaster is a soldier-scholar who has seen war from every angle — on the hot battlefield and through the cold judgment of history,” said Amy Zegart, a senior fellow and co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Hoover.
“Few officers ever serve their country in the highest levels of government,” she continued. “Fewer still have done so while getting a Ph.D. and writing an influential book about civil-military relations. He will bring a deep well of expertise and experience to the Hoover and Stanford communities. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Farm.”
The retired three-star general’s 14-month tenure as Trump’s national security adviser was punctuated by clashes with other top-ranking officials including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Steve Bannon, a former senior strategist in the White House, the Wall Street Journal reported.
McMaster, who was replaced by John Bolton in March, plans to work on a new book about national security while he is at Stanford. He previously won acclaim for his 1997 book “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.”