Defending American Democracy Series
As American democracy faces a critical moment, the McCain Institute hosts “Defending American Democracy,” an event series that assesses the state of America’s democracy and aims to find common ground between voters and elected officials on both sides of the aisle. The series examines the biggest issues facing America’s democracy, including the role of journalism, voting rights and political violence. By convening top experts and in-field leaders, the McCain Institute aims to spark a dialogue about what is ailing America’s democracy and how all sides can come together and fix it. These discussions are made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
We Hold These Truths
Women, Peace and Security Initiative (WPS)
The McCain Institute has partnered with The One Earth Future Foundation through Our Secure Future program to ensure more women are involved in peace and security discussions both inside and out of the United States. This initiative has led to the following active discussions:
- WPS in Afghanistan
- WPS in Sudan
- WPS in Belarus
Human Rights Defenders Program
The Human Rights & Democracy Program regularly hosts a series of working groups focused on several topical areas. These meetings, held monthly, are used to convene high-level groups of experts on a certain topic to hold closed-door discussions about problems and solutions that affect foreign policy today.
Project on Legal and Organizational Capacity Building for Russian NGOs
The McCain Institute equipped Russian NGOs with tools necessary to succeed and defend their constitutional rights in Putin’s Russia. Standing true to its commitment to protect the vulnerable and advance democracy, the McCain Institute partnered with Latvia-based Russian NGO Astraea to launch four interlinked training programs for Russian NGOs in Europe, Russia, and North America.