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The McCain Institute National Security & Counterterrorism Program

“As long as there’s war on terrorism going on, we’re all going to have to work together.”
From a March, 2003 interview with McCain

Few Americans in recent decades have been more out in front in working for a safer and more peaceful world than Senator John McCain. A leading national security thinker and strategist of his generation, Senator McCain championed effective and humane policies to fight terrorism both at home and across the globe—work that the McCain Institute’s National Security & Counterterrorism program continues today.

Efforts at the Institute are centered on educating the next generation of character-driven leaders in national security.


McCain Institute National Security and Counterterrorism fellow, Catherine Bray, participates in a Monuments Walk during the DC module to learn about applied Character-Driven Leadership in her field.


The McCain Institute National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship

• Investing in the personal and professional development of the best and brightest emerging leaders in national security from across the Five Eyes partner nations

• Building an enduring global community of young national security professionals poised to become decisionmakers and thought leaders in the field

Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the National Security & Counterterrorism Program Part of BBC Radio’s ‘Witness to History’ Series

Nick Rasmussen, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the McCain Institute, was part of one of the most critical moments in modern history. As special assistant to President Barack Obama as a member of the White House national security staff and Senior Director for counterterrorism issues, he was one of the people present in the White House situation room during the top-secret raid to capture al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in May 2011. Listen to his account as part of BBC Radio’s “Witness to History” Series.

(left) Nick Rasmussen, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the McCain Institute and former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, comments on the New Zealand Christchurch terrorist attack. (right) McCain Institute Chair of the Board Cindy McCain, along with Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the McCain Institute Nick Rasmussen meets with two members of the inaugural National Security & Counterterrorism fellowship class: Chris Selim, Head of Operational Policy and Secretariat, Home Office, London and Catherine Bray, Head of Wider World Team, U.K. Permanent Representation to the European Union, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Brussels.