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Wednesday, February 19

Gen. H.R. McMaster: Geopolitics, Security, and the State of the World Today

Retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Army and National Security Advisor (2017–2018)

Renowned as a pre-eminent "warrior-thinker," H.R. McMaster, a three-star general heralded for his leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a respected historian offers informative, in-depth, and refreshingly candid analysis of the key issues and players shaping the geopolitical landscape. Decoding the evolving nature of global security and the opportunities and risks of new technologies, McMaster shares sharp insights and cutting-edge information on how both nations and organizations can protect themselves in today's ever-changing security landscape.  


Gen. H.R. McMaster was the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for 34 years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.

His extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime includes Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 -2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990-1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Additionally, he led important strategic assessments during the ‘surge’ of 2007 and efforts to develop security forces and governmental institutions in post-war Iraq. In 2009-2010 he led an assessment and planning effort to develop a comprehensive strategy for the greater Middle East. 

H.R. has published extensively on leadership, history, and the future of warfare in many publications including Foreign AffairsThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He is a current Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution. His award-winning book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam, is a New York Times bestseller. 

General McMaster holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His military awards include the Silver Star Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.


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WorldOregon presents the 2020 International Speaker Series: Bridging Perspectives

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. For two decades, the series has put you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world. And this year is no different, presenting a broad spectrum of the people, the big ideas, and the issues framing our role on the world stage. 

This year series’ theme “Bridging Perspectives” seeks to look at an inspiring and balanced array of ideas and issues, including public service, national security and challenges for the U.S. as a global leader, human rights, and – in honor of the series 20th anniversary – a look at one Oregonian’s lessons in covering the world.

How can I purchase tickets?

To purchase series tickets please go to the Portland‘5 website.

WorldOregon members save 10% off the series price. If you're a current or new member you should have already received instructions and a link for 10% off series tickets. If you'd like to renew or join, you can still do that today and get the best seats! 

You can purchase your tickets by calling the Portland’5 Box Office at 503-248-4910. It is also possible to purchase tickets in person at the Portland'5 Box Office at 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, OR 97205. 

For additional FAQ about the 2020 International Speaker Series, click here

Individual speaker tickets are not currently sold but will go sale for Samantha Power on sale January 17th, with open individual tickets to be announced at a later date.

Series tickets: $100.00 - $500.00 | Students: $80.00

$500.00 Patron Series Subscription - Includes post-lecture receptions

$220.00 - $280.00 Orchestra Level Reserved Series Subscription

$165.00 Rear Orchestra/Mezzanine Level General Admission Series Subscription

$100.00 Lower Balcony Level General Admission Series Subscription

$80.00 Student General Admission Series Subscription

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February 19, 2020 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST

2020 International Speaker Series: Gen. H.R. McMaster

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
United States
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