Our Guiding Principles

Advancing Democracy, Alliances and Security

“We are custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.”

Advancing Human Rights and Ending Exploitation and Extremism

Advancing Character-Driven Leaders

“It is your character, and your character alone, that will make your life happy or unhappy.”

Our Work In The Arena

Our programs deliver support where it is needed the most, be it in legislation or in vulnerable communities. Together, we work toward a shared mission by advancing character-driven leadership at all levels of civic engagement.

Upcoming Events

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The Sedona Forum

As the McCain Institute’s premier annual event, the Sedona Forum provides an unmatched opportunity for U.S. and world leaders to have informal, face-to-face discussions about solutions to the problems facing the world. It is held to bring about positive change globally.

Red Rock

Conversations With Secretary Mark Esper

As a member of the European Union and a NATO member state, Latvia is on the frontline against Russian foreign aggression. In response to the looming threat of a Russian invasion in Ukraine, the John McCain Distinguished Fellow and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper sat down with Latvia’s Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks to discuss the threat of Russian aggression against its neighboring countries, member unity within NATO and President Biden’s prediction that Russia would move in to Ukraine, calling it a “minor incursion.”

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General Fund
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