Mission Statement

The McCain Institute is dedicated to advancing character-driven global 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 rights and democracy, and national security, and to embrace technology in producing better designs for educated decisions in national and international policy.

The McCain Institute is committed to: sustaining America's global leadership; upholding freedom, democracy and human rights as universal human values; supporting humanitarian goals; maintaining a strong, smart national defense; and serving causes greater than one' self interest.

Four central objectives guide all of The McCain Institute’s work:

  • Provide decision recommendations for leaders through open debate and rigorous analysis, including through the Institute’s high-tech Decision Theater.
  • Identify, develop and train the next generation of American and international leaders.
  • Play a unique role as Washington’s preeminent do-tank through our annual Sedona Forum and our Debate and Decision Series.
  • Promote and preserve the McCain family spirit of character-driven leadership and national service, including by hosting the McCain family archives.

The McCain Family has long called Arizona home, and the partnership with ASU, one of the world’s largest research universities, offers unique advantages unmatched by the typical Washington think tank. 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.