Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Nov 24, 2020

H.R. McMaster to Biden: Don’t let up on competition with China

By David A. Wemer

As Joe Biden develops his strategy toward China, he should be wary of the instinct to abandon competition with Beijing in favor of cooperation. That’s the advice Lt. General H.R. McMaster, former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, hopes the president-elect heeds.

China International Norms

The Atlantic Council hosted a conversation featuring former US National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster, with CNN National Security Correspondent Vivian Salama, on November 24, 2020. Lt. General McMaster discussed US strategy in an era of great power competition, a theme at the core of his new book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World. The conversation touched on US foreign policy in China and the Middle East, and addressed what Lt. General McMaster sees as the highest priorities for US policy makers during the next four years and beyond. 

The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs were pleased to present this live, online conversation as part of the #ACFrontPage event series, our premier ideas platform spotlighting global leaders who are championing constructive solutions to global challenges.

An #ACFrontPage Event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen programs and centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.

Opening remarks by

Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council


Lt. General H.R. McMaster
Former US National Security Advisor
Board Director, Atlantic Council

In conversation with

Vivian Salama
National Security Correspondent