WASHINGTON (January 30, 2017) –  The McCain Institute for International Leadership today announced the Institute’s first Kissinger Fellow, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne, CH, MP. The fellowship will be formally launched during a McCain Institute Next Generation Leaders dinner tonight with Senator John McCain and Dr. Henry Kissinger.

George Osborne, currently the Conservative Member of Parliament for Tatton, Cheshire, served as the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016, during which time he displayed the kind of vision and imagination the McCain Institute and Kissinger Fellowship seek to encourage. Mr. Osborne’s tenure as Chancellor resulted in a demonstrably stronger economy, a greatly reduced deficit, and an all-time low unemployment rate. The Kissinger Fellowship is an opportunity for Mr. Osborne to build on his skills as a statesman and leader. Osborne will be based in the UK, continuing his work as MP while participating in the fellowship.

“I am delighted that George Osborne will serve as the McCain Institute’s inaugural Kissinger Fellow,” said Dr. Kissinger. “George’s principled leadership during his impressive career can be a model for the qualities promoted by the McCain Institute. I am proud to support and help shape his fellowship and bright future in public service.”

“My friend Henry Kissinger is a statesman who has made the world safer for our shared interests, and by so doing, safer for the common ideals of the transatlantic community,” said Senator McCain. “I am pleased to learn the Institute has selected George Osborne as the inaugural Kissinger Fellow. George has shown strong and thoughtful leadership throughout his career and proved incredibly able as Chancellor.  At a time when the great democracies of the world are facing challenges such as we have not seen for generations, we need strong, values-driven leaders like George Osborne.”

“I am very honored to be named the McCain Institute’s first Kissinger Fellow. I have long admired Henry Kissinger and John McCain – and count myself fortunate to know both these extraordinary leaders,” said Mr. Osborne. “I look forward to using this opportunity to work with the McCain Institute to see how we best promote our western values and secure a stable world order in this time of change.”

“George Osborne’s character-driven leadership and impactful career epitomizes the spirit of the Kissinger Fellowship,” said Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Chairman of the Kissinger Fellowship at The McCain Institute. “We need more world leaders like George, embracing the hallmark principles of Senator McCain’s and Dr. Kissinger’s lifetimes of service. I have no doubt he will continue to build on his extraordinary career through his work at the Institute over the next year.”

About George Osborne: Mr. Osborne is a British Conservative Party politician who has been Member of UK Parliament for Tatton since 2001. He replaced Martin Bell and became the youngest Conservative MP of the time in the House of Commons. Under the premiership of David Cameron, from 2010 to 2016, Mr. Osborne served as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

About the Kissinger Fellowship: The Kissinger Fellowship, named in honor of Dr. Kissinger, provides an opportunity for senior leaders to hone their own skills as statesmen, building on the principles that are the hallmark of Dr. Kissinger’s career.  Kissinger Fellows are encouraged to take on a challenge of international significance and, through their leadership and with the support of the McCain Institute, make a meaningful contribution toward addressing that challenge.

To learn more about The McCain Institute and the Kissinger Fellowship,
visit mccaininstitute.org. 

About The McCain Institute

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. 

Learn more about The McCain Institute at mccaininstitute.org.