International terrorism seeks to dismantle the ideals of democracy and individual freedoms. In the years following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the fight against terrorism became a global phenomenon that catalyzed efforts to combat extremist groups. Reaching its peak in 2014, deaths attributed to international terrorism have declined 59% in the past five years, thanks to the efforts of experts leading the diplomatic strategy around the globe. However, security threats continue to evolve at home and abroad. In October 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published its first Homeland Threat Assessment, identifying racially and ethnically motivated violent (REMV) extremists as “the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.” As transnational networks of REMV extremists grow, strong partnerships with our security allies continue to be paramount.
A leading national security strategist of his generation, Senator McCain championed effective and humane policies to fight terrorism at home and across the globe – work that the McCain Institute’s National Security and Counterterrorism (NSCT) program continues today. Efforts are centered around building the capacity of the next generation of character-driven leaders in national security and bolstering our Five Eyes intelligence alliance between the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.