WASHINGTON, DC—The McCain Institute was pleased to be a part of engagements for NATO’s 70th anniversary.

On Tuesday, April 3, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Ambassador Tacan Ildem visited the McCain Institute offices in Washington to meet with Executive Director and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker. Ambassador Ildem’s visit included an extensive sit-down meeting with Amb. Volker, followed by a tour of the ASU Barrett & O’Connor Center, a briefing in the Institute’s Decision Theater and a podcast taping.

The next day, the Institute was a host sponsor of the Atlantic Council’s 70th Anniversary #NATOEngages event at the Anthem in Washington’s waterfront neighborhood. The event featured speakers from all parts of the alliance, including Vice President Mike Pence and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

During a panel discussion on the possible enlargement of NATO, Ambassador Volker eloquently summarized the impact and added a compelling argument for why the citizens of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova deserve NATO protection as much as citizens from any of the current NATO members.

It was a fruitful week for the McCain Institute to cement itself as one of the NATO alliance’s strongest defenders, carrying the torch that Senator John McCain held for so many years. He recognized NATO throughout his career as one of the world’s greatest forces for good, and here at the Institute, we recognize our role in ensuring that continues to be the case.