Senator John McCain built a legacy on making progress in the face of adversity. Steadfast in his principles and beliefs, Senator McCain approached every problem by seeking common ground with the other side. “Our political differences, no matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow,” McCain famously stated, “in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions.” The McCain Institute at Arizona State University honors Senator McCain’s example, working in the arena with local and global groups in a nonpartisan fashion to convene, educate, and act to benefit all Americans and the world we share.
The McCain Institute is inspired by the legacy of Senator McCain, his family, and their commitment to advancing American principles of democracy and human rights, empowering character-driven leaders, combatting human trafficking to end exploitation, and preventing targeted violence to fight extremism. As a do-tank, the McCain Institute’s programs build on Senator McCain’s drive to turn ideas into action and action into impact. As a part of the country’s most innovative university, the McCain Institute includes and benefits diverse groups across the globe through nonpartisan programs and initiatives–bringing Arizona to Washington and the world to Arizona.
Programs of the McCain Institute at Arizona State University are based on three core pillars that Senator John McCain championed his entire life and designed to maximize effectiveness, reach and impact.
The McCain Institute’s signature annual event, the Sedona Forum, as well as quarterly Sedona Forum Live digital events, bring leading voices from around the world together to discuss the pressing issues relating to the McCain Institute’s core programs. Held in the red rocks of Sedona, Ariz., the forum provides a unique opportunity for leaders from around the world to have face-to-face discussions about real solutions to the problems facing the globe.
Developing Young Leaders
Advocating for Change
The McCain Family has long called Arizona home, and the partnership with ASU, one of the world’s largest research universities, offers unique advantages. By drawing upon ASU’s world-class students, faculty, institutions and facilities, the McCain Institute helps bring Arizona to Washington, and the world to Arizona.
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Washington, DC, 20006