U.S. Policy in Uncertain Times:
A Conversation with H.R. McMaster

Part of the Angier Biddle Duke Lecture Series

Meeting to be held virtually via ZOOM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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ImageJoin the NCAFP as we host LTG (ret.) H.R. McMaster for a wide-ranging discussion on the changing policy landscape amid the current pandemic.  General McMaster was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. He concurrently served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.  He is a 1984 graduate of the United States Military Academy and received his PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Message from Susan M. Elliott

Dear Members and Friends,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during this difficult and unprecedented time. Our hearts are with those affected by COVID-19, and its social and economic impacts that have so drastically changed the way we live, work, and convene.

In mid March, I made the difficult decision to cancel all of the NCAFP’s in-person meetings and programs scheduled for the spring. Trips were postponed, visiting delegations from around the globe were cancelled, and our normal day to day seemingly turned upside down overnight. However, the NCAFP staff have been working from home and restructuring our face-to-face work into a virtual space, ensuring that our important work continues despite the critical need for physical social distancing.

While we may not be able to meet in person, the NCAFP is fulfilling its mission as it has for the past 45 years- by providing a space for dialogue on the most pressing global issues today. Our dialogues may be looking a little different these days, but we will continue addressing foreign policy concerns through our array of events designed to inform the public, engage architects of public policy, and spark challenging conversations.

For those of you interested in a membership, we encourage you to join today and support diplomacy in action. Your fully tax-deductible contribution is crucial for sustaining the work of the NCAFP. 

In addition to providing high quality programs for its members, the NCAFP is as committed as always to working with our partners around the globe. Recently, one of our contacts in China sent 1,000 face masks to the NCAFP office for us to donate to our local hospitals and first responders. Given the massive shortage of personal protective equipment, this generous and thoughtful gesture is a testament to the power of diplomacy, and the importance of international engagement and cooperation. 

On behalf of the NCAFP, thank you for your support and patronage. 

Best regards,

Ambassador (ret.) Susan M. Elliott
President & CEO



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