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About the Event

FPRI's 2019 Annual Dinner
Annual Dinner Chairs: Marina Kats,  Ronald J.  Naples, Hon. Dov S. Zakheim 
Special Events Chair: Susan H. Goldberg


Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception • 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program • 9:00 p.m. Adjournment
A separate private reception will be held for Platinum Partners and above.
*Attire is Business/Cocktail

Featuring the Presentation of the 15th Annual
Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service to

H.R. McMaster
Former National Security Advisor 


Seats at the 2019 Annual Dinner are guaranteed to FPRI Partners.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to become an FPRI Partner in order to reserve your seats or table. In addition to your place at the Annual Dinner, the Champagne Brunch, and other exclusive events, your partnership underwrites the critical work we do throughout the year, offering dispassionate analysis of contemporary international issues through the lens of history, geography, and culture. 

Individual Tickets are also available.

Seating is limited, and both individual tickets ($400) and tables ($3,500 per table of ten) are available for purchase. For information about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eli Gilman at or at 215-732-3774 ext. 103.


H.R. McMaster was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.

From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future army as the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and the deputy commanding general of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). As commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force.

His extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime includes commander of the Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force—Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006; and Commander of Eagle Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

McMaster led or co-led important strategic assessments including the revision of Iraq strategy during the “surge” of 2007 and efforts to develop security forces and governmental institutions in post-war Iraq.

McMaster was an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996 where he taught undergraduate courses in military history and history of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

He is author of the award-winning book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. He has published scores of essays on leadership, history, and the future of warfare in many publications including Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

McMaster was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Read about the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service


Union League of Philadelphia

140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19102


To RSVP, contact Jessica Taylor by email at or call (215)-732-3774 x 200. 


H.R. McMaster

H.R. McMaster - H.R. McMaster, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, was the 25th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs.