Teddy Roosevelt had it right:  “It is not the critic who counts…”

We’re about leaders and citizens of character – In The Arena– fighting to defend human rights, foster security and advance freedom.

Inspired by Senator John McCain and the McCain family legacy of public service, Arizona State University’s McCain Institute for International Leadership champions character-driven leadership and civic engagement in the United States and abroad.

Our five core programs are all action-oriented and mutually supporting.

The Next Generation Leaders program prepares and networks emerging leaders from tough spots around the world.

International Rule of Law & Security steeps students in the law and policy of promoting fair and equitable justice systems, and assists in the development of legal systems that ensure fundamental rights and national security.

Combatting Human Trafficking educates stakeholders, trains authorities and fields long-term mechanisms to eradicate an unconscionable scourge.

Human Rights & Democracy convenes a uniquely effective working group of principals, gives voice and protection to a growing list of activists, and is mounting a national campaign to redefine how we talk and act.

And our Counterterrorism & National Security program has set out to increase U.S. capacity to challenge homegrown extremism, build an international community of young counterterrorism professionals and forge international partnerships.

Euromaidan “Revolution of Dignity” — Kiev, Ukraine, Dec. 2013

Cell phone footage captured by Senator John McCain

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The Sedona Forum 2018 Humanitarian Focus with Cindy McCain and Ashton Kutcher
Next Generation Leaders Impact Video


Groups Unite Over Human Trafficking

PHARR — While the Rio Grande Valley’s status as a major smuggling corridor is no secret, law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations are working to expose the presence of human…

McCain Institute and National Network for Youth Team Up: Initial project to certify service providers on best practices to counter human trafficking of vulnerable youth in U.S.

Part of a wider new partnership, McCain Institute and the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) today announced a certificate program for runaway and homeless youth service providers on how to…

Interview with Senior Director of Human Trafficking Kristen Leanderson Abrams

A Q&A with the Senior Director of Human Trafficking at McCain Institute about her recent educational mission to uncover the driving forces behind refugee asylum in Mexico. Kristen Leanderson Abrams…

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New @McCainInstitute #InTheArena podcast features IRI's @DCTwining! Find out how IRI helps develop #democracy around the world and the challenges global democracy faces today.

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The leaders of Hungary and Poland are following Russia's lead in revising history for political ends. https://t.co/6uBDyVsRky

New #InTheArena podcast is live 🚨

@DCTwining, President of @IRIglobal discusses how his organization helps develop democracy around the world and the challenges global democracy faces today.

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