WASHINGTON (February 4, 2021) The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University (ASU) today announced the Honourable Julie Bishop as the Institute’s next Kissinger Fellow. Bishop, currently serving as chancellor of Australian National University, will hold the Kissinger Fellowship for the coming year.

The McCain Institute Kissinger Fellowship focuses on developing the strategic skills of future foreign policy and national security leaders with the kind of principles that are the hallmark of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger’s career. Now more than ever, Bishop’s distinguished foreign policy track record is needed as Australian and the United States deal with the rise of China’s closed authoritarian system.

Elected to parliament in 1998, Bishop has held a number of cabinet level positions in the Australian government, including her service as minister for foreign affairs, serving as the first woman to hold the post. Under her watch, Australia undertook innovative and long-term investments in the Indo-Pacific region and around the globe.

Borrowing from her vast foreign policy leadership experience as well as analysis of current trends in the region, Bishop will craft a framework making the case for greater American engagement in the Indo-Pacific and how a stronger alliance amongst the US, Australia and like-minded nations, can bolster security, commerce and human dignity. Bishop’s principles and reputation along with the expertise of the McCain Institute and the leadership of Dr. Henry Kissinger, promise to make the results of this program useful for policymakers around the world for years to come.

“Back in 2015, it was the relationship and shared values between John McCain and Dr. Kissinger that led us to create the Kissinger Fellowship as a way of projecting those values and principles,” said Institute Executive Director Ambassador Mark Green.

“I am honoured to be offered the Kissinger Fellowship at the McCain Institute, because I had great respect for the late Senator McCain and met him on many occasions,” said Hon. Julie Bishop. “Whenever I visited Washington, he was always available for a meeting and discussion on world affairs. He was a man of honour and integrity. I have long admired Dr. Kissinger who has been a source of advice and wisdom over the years, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to continue to work with him on our research projects.”

“As chair of the McCain Institute, I am thrilled to have Julie Bishop with her wealth of expertise and talent join forces with us for the coming year,” said McCain Institute Board of Trustees Chair Cindy McCain.

“The Kissinger Fellowship at the McCain Institute is a very moving symbol for me because Senator McCain stood for the strength of America and for the role of America, especially in the Pacific,” said Dr. Henry Kissinger. “I am delighted that Julie Bishop is the Kissinger Fellow for this year and maybe for longer. I have known her since she was foreign minister of Australia, and Australia is an absolutely key factor in the security and possible progress of the Indo-Pacific region.”

 

About the Kissinger Fellowship

The Kissinger Fellowship upholds the core values of the McCain Institute’s character-driven leadership programs. It focuses on developing the strategic skills of future foreign policy and national security leaders with the kind of principles that are the hallmark of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger’s career.

About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
Inspired by the character-driven leadership of Sen. John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives to make a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, preventing targeted violence and combating human trafficking.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.