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McCain Institute McCain Institute advances character-driven leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. Guided by values that have animated the career of Senator John McCain and the McCain family for generations, The McCain Institute is a non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity – in the United States and around the world.

The Institute seeks to promote humanitarian action, human freedom and democracy, and national security, and to embrace technology in producing better designs for educated decisions in national and international policy.

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One devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the increasing strain facing global workers' rights. https://ww...
11/30/2020
GLOBAL WORKER RIGHTS INCREASINGLY UNDER ATTACK DURING PANDEMIC

One devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the increasing strain facing global workers' rights. https://www.mccaininstitute.org/global-worker-rights-increasingly-under-attack-during-pandemic/

By the Democracy & Human Rights Working Group* For 150 years, independent trade unions have worked to protect and promote core worker rights, including freedom of association, freedom of collective bargaining, and the right to strike. The trade union movement directly address power and leaders on bo...

Whether your turkey is baked or fried, we’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

Whether your turkey is baked or fried, we’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

"It is imperative that we build upon the bipartisan foundation of VAWA and create more human rights protections for wome...
11/25/2020
Honoring the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

"It is imperative that we build upon the bipartisan foundation of VAWA and create more human rights protections for women and support a more just and equitable nation for all" https://www.mccaininstitute.org/blog/honoring-the-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women/

Wednesday, November 25, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; a day to call on the public to educate themselves on one of the most pervasive and universal human rights violations of the modern century: gender-based violence. This brutality against women and girls has be...

How does Russia make use of "frozen conflicts" to maintain influence in former Soviet states? A look at Russia, NATO and...
11/24/2020
Nagorno-Karabakh shows the wisdom of NATO enlargement

How does Russia make use of "frozen conflicts" to maintain influence in former Soviet states? A look at Russia, NATO and Nagorno-Karabakh https://www.mccaininstitute.org/blog/nagorno-karabakh-shows-the-wisdom-of-nato-enlargement/

NATO enlargement since the end of the Cold War has sometimes been blamed for the current poor state of relations between Russia and the West. This thinking often rests on unrealistic expectations for Russia’s development after 1991 and overlooks the major benefits NATO membership had for the count...

Interested in national security, human rights, or leadership? We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2021 #Int...
11/19/2020
Internships

Interested in national security, human rights, or leadership? We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2021 #Internships! https://www.mccaininstitute.org/internships/

The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates in Washington, DC. Participants in our internship program are eligible for academic credit. Interns at the McCain Institute....

"Governments should not pick winners and losers among religions, but neither should they be afraid to engage with faith ...
11/16/2020
Religious Freedom is Essential to Democracy

"Governments should not pick winners and losers among religions, but neither should they be afraid to engage with faith leaders."

Read why “America’s first freedom” is essential to democracy. #ReligiousFreedom https://www.mccaininstitute.org/blog/religious-freedom-is-essential-to-democracy/

October 27 is International Religious Freedom Day and marks the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the bipartisan International Religious Freedom Act. It is often been said that the greatest evidence of one’s devotion to religious liberty is in the lengths we will go to defend it for those of anot...

Interested in national security, human rights, or leadership? We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2021 #Int...
11/13/2020
Internships

Interested in national security, human rights, or leadership? We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2021 #Internships! https://www.mccaininstitute.org/internships/

The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates in Washington, DC. Participants in our internship program are eligible for academic credit. Interns at the McCain Institute....

TODAY: Looking to make sense of the #ElectionDay results? Join us at 4pm ET for a special #StraightTalkLive as the exper...
11/12/2020
Straight Talk Live Part 2 | 2020 Elections: Results + Observations

TODAY: Looking to make sense of the #ElectionDay results? Join us at 4pm ET for a special #StraightTalkLive as the experts break down everything you need to know. https://www.mccaininstitute.org/events/straight-talk-live-part-2-2020-elections-results-observations/

The McCain Institute invites you to Straight Talk Live part two on November 12, 2020 at 4 p.m. EST. Our guests will discuss the results and share their observations from one of the most anticipated U.S. presidential elections in modern history. Cindy McCain will introduce the conversation moderated....

We salute those who have defended our country and freedoms and are still doing so today. Thank you to all of our America...
11/11/2020

We salute those who have defended our country and freedoms and are still doing so today. Thank you to all of our American veterans and their families #VeteransDay

Election season should be a hopeful time for all Americans as we recognize the promise and possibilities of democracy. #...
11/06/2020

Election season should be a hopeful time for all Americans as we recognize the promise and possibilities of democracy. #InspireDemocracy

"Governments should not pick winners and losers among religions, but neither should they be afraid to engage with faith ...
10/29/2020
Religious Freedom is Essential to Democracy

"Governments should not pick winners and losers among religions, but neither should they be afraid to engage with faith leaders."

Read why “America’s first freedom” is essential to democracy. #ReligiousFreedom https://www.mccaininstitute.org/blog/religious-freedom-is-essential-to-democracy/

October 27 is International Religious Freedom Day and marks the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the bipartisan International Religious Freedom Act. It is often been said that the greatest evidence of one’s devotion to religious liberty is in the lengths we will go to defend it for those of anot...

Former U.S. House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan grew up idolizing America’s 40th President and now sits on the Rea...
10/23/2020
Will civil campaigns and idealistic politics survive?

Former U.S. House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan grew up idolizing America’s 40th President and now sits on the Reagan Library Board. What did the future Speaker learn about the Gipper that fueled a career in politics? He told us on #InTheArena https://www.mccaininstitute.org/podcast/will-civil-campaigns-and-idealistic-politics-survive/

Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager and Institute board member, caught up with former U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. These two top practitioners have an exquisite conversation about the formation and conduct of campaigns past, the importance of character, and the intersection of polic...

IN 2 HOURS: Join Ambassador Mark Green, Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback & Sunday Afolabi Alao of...
10/21/2020
Promoting Religious Respect and Preventing Violence in West Africa

IN 2 HOURS: Join Ambassador Mark Green, Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback & Sunday Afolabi Alao of the International Republican Institute (IRI) for a conversation on confronting the decline of #ReligiousFreedom in West Africa. RSVP here https://www.mccaininstitute.org/events/promoting-religious-respect-and-preventing-violence-in-west-africa/

Recently, religious liberties in West Africa have been on the decline. While many West African countries constitutionally allow for religious diversity, different regional and local actors have contributed to the decline of these freedoms. This has led to the political, economic and social disenfran...

10/15/2020
John McCain Town Hall

No matter what happens in the final stretch of a presidential campaign, civility, honesty and integrity can and MUST prevail. #TBT to John McCain’s epic town hall response in 2008.

Do you have a question for fmr. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster? Reply below and register for our Oct. 7 #Author...
10/02/2020
Authors & Insights: Former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

Do you have a question for fmr. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster? Reply below and register for our Oct. 7 #AuthorsAndInsights book talk to hear the answer! https://www.mccaininstitute.org/events/authors-insights-former-national-security-advisor-h-r-mcmaster/

Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series on Wednesday, Oct. 7. This event will feature former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Arizona State University President and McCain Institute Trustee Michael M. Crow as they dis...

When making critical national security decisions, what role should principles of democracy, freedom and human rights pla...
10/01/2020
Authors & Insights: Former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

When making critical national security decisions, what role should principles of democracy, freedom and human rights play in the decision-making process? Hear more of what H.R. McMaster has to say at our October 7 #AuthorsAndInsights book talk. https://www.mccaininstitute.org/events/authors-insights-former-national-security-advisor-h-r-mcmaster/

Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series on Wednesday, Oct. 7. This event will feature former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Arizona State University President and McCain Institute Trustee Michael M. Crow as they dis...

How & why was American leadership needed to help integrate a democratic and whole Germany into the global community? Rea...
09/30/2020
How U.S. leadership helped to unify Germany

How & why was American leadership needed to help integrate a democratic and whole Germany into the global community? Read more about one of the biggest U.S. foreign policy achievements ever as the 30th anniversary of reunification approaches https://www.mccaininstitute.org/blog/how-u-s-leadership-helped-to-unify-germany/

October 3 will mark 30 years since the reunification of Germany. Known as “German Unity Day,” this national holiday commemorates when West Germany and East Germany were united into one country after the Berlin Wall came down. For the first time since 1945, one single German state existed. Those ...

What would you ask a fmr. Secretary of State? Reply with your question below & register for our #AuthorsAndInsights even...
09/14/2020
Authors & Insights: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

What would you ask a fmr. Secretary of State? Reply with your question below & register for our #AuthorsAndInsights event to hear your answer and possibly win a signed copy of Madeleine Albright’s new book! https://www.mccaininstitute.org/events/authors-insights-former-u-s-secretary-of-state-madeleine-albright/

Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series on Wednesday, Sept. 16, featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her newest book, Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir.

Happy 70th Birthday to former Marine Corps General and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis! Senator McCain called Mattis “on...
09/08/2020

Happy 70th Birthday to former Marine Corps General and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis! Senator McCain called Mattis “one of the finest military officers of his generation” and we’re thankful for his #CharacterDrivenLeadership.

"The people now risking their lives in Belarus don’t need any lessons, but perhaps those of us fortunate to live in free...
09/02/2020
“There is no freedom without solidarity.”

"The people now risking their lives in Belarus don’t need any lessons, but perhaps those of us fortunate to live in free countries do."

https://www.mccaininstitute.org/blog/there-is-no-freedom-without-solidarity/

“Proletarians of all workshops, unite!” A banner with this ironic twist on the famous line from the Communist Manifesto was raised on one of the gates to the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk in August of 1980 by its striking workers. A strike 40 years ago that concluded with the establishment of NSZZ So...

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