The McCain Institute advances character-driven leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity, in the United States and around the world.

Inspired by the leadership of Senator John McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements concrete programs aimed at making a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas:  leadership development, human rights, rule of law, international security and combatting human trafficking.

Central objectives guide how the Institute works:

  • – Identify, develop and train a global network of character-driven leaders.
  • – Take direct action to address challenges in areas of leadership, humanitarian support, human rights, democracy, international security and rule of law.
  • – Provide a forum for public debate and constructive engagement through our annual Sedona Forum, our Debate & Decision Series and Leadership Voices.
  • – Promote and preserve the McCain family legacy of character-driven leadership and national service.
  • – Use the Institute’s high-tech Decision Theater to encourage those willing to work In The Arena to advance critical analysis and fine-hone their leadership talent.

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.