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A Conversation with General Mattis on U.S. Leadership Going Forward

  • 25 Mar 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (PDT)
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A Conversation with General Mattis on U.S. Leadership Going Forward

Jim Mattis, retired Marine Corps general and former secretary of defense under President Donald Trump, has led a 40 plus year career of public service devoted to protecting and defending what he calls “this experiment in democracy.” Apolitical to his core, General Mattis has long defined his mission as service to his country. As General Mattis rose through the ranks leading Marines in the Middle East and later U.S. forces in Central Command, he earned a reputation as a tough, well-read war fighter and strategic thinker. General Mattis learned early that working with friends and allies to achieve common goals was critical to America’s success on the battlefield and on the diplomatic front.

General Mattis thus brings to PCFR his unique experience of leadership and understanding of America’s role in this turbulent world. Some pundits question whether that role has been dealt a serious blow in the face of America turning inward, allowing divisiveness and partisanship to reshape America’s traditional international leadership position. Has it? We look forward to a lively conversation about America’s future – its global role, its military posture, and its core values -- from Jim Mattis’s perspective.


FREE for PCFR Members

$10 for Non-Members 



Thursday, March 25, 2021

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM PT


Zoom Meeting

Meeting link and instructions will be included in the registration confirmation and reminder email sent prior to the event.


General Jim Mattis

Former United States Secretary of Defense

Jim Mattis was raised in Southeastern Washington and graduated from Central Washington State College. He served over 40 years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer, plus duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and as Commander of U.S. Central Command comprised of 250,000 U.S. and allied troops in combat across the Middle East and South Asia. Retiring in 2013, he was a Davies Family Scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Subsequently he served as the 26th Secretary of Defense from January 2017 through December 2018.


Ambassador (ret) Douglas A. Hartwick

Ambassador Douglas Hartwick is currently PCFR's Program Chairperson and a board member since 2015. During his 31 year Foreign Service career, Mr. Hartwick served as U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as well as embassy assignments in India, Malaysia, and in Sub-Saharan Africa.  He also served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for South Asia and on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In 2005, he led the State Department’s Asian Tsunami Reconstruction Task Force.  Upon retiring, Amb Hartwick was Lockheed Martin Corporation’s India corporate head. He holds degrees from the College of William and Mary, Washington State University, Stanford University and the National War College (NWC) in  Washington, D.C. General Mattis and Ambassador Hartwick were classmates at both NWC and in National Defense University's Capstone Program.

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