Human Freedom and Democracy

The North Kivu Democracy Project

The McCain Institute has taken on the challenge of promoting the successful conduct of free and fair elections in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Few countries have suffered like the Congo – from a brutal colonial occupation, to dictatorship, to local... Read More

John Kerry’s Sochi Misadventure

Mon, May 18, 2015

On Monday, the day before John Kerry’s arrival in Sochi to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement blasting the United States. “Russian-US relations are passing through a difficult period caused by targeted unfriendly actions by... Read More

A new approach to helping Ukraine

Wed, April 29, 2015

Despite a sizeable $17.5 billion (€15.9 billion) loan to Ukraine announced by the International Monetary Fund in March, there is a disconcerting sense that Western leaders are losing interest in the country. Not surprisingly, no new aid packages for Ukraine were announced at the... Read More

A New Cold War?

Mon, March 02, 2015

The McCain Institute Senior Director David J. Kramer is featured in the March-April edition of New Eastern Europe discussing the current relationship between The West and Russia. New Eastern Europe: March-April

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Paul Fagan

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Program Director

Paul Fagan is the Director of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Program for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an organization founded by Ben Affleck that seeks to bring the... Read More

David J. Kramer

Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy

David J. Kramer joined the McCain Institute as Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy in November 2014. Before that, he served for four years as President of Freedom House. Prior to that, he was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.... Read More

Isabel Linzer

Human Freedom and Democracy Intern

Isabel Linzer is the Human Freedom and Democracy Intern at The McCain Institute. She is a rising junior at Wesleyan University, where she is pursuing a double major in Government and French, in addition to a Certificate in International Relations. Outside of her studies, Isabel is a... Read More