National Security

Afghanistan Data Initiative

The war in Afghanistan has been a defining modern conflict for the United States and the international community. In an attempt to contribute to the current debate and future research, the McCain Institute is gathering a large sample of individual accounts reaching across the military... Read More

Time for Sweden to Join NATO

Thu, June 25, 2015

Last summer, during the annual political festival on the Danish island of Bornholm, Russia carried out a simulated attack against the island. This year, two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers appeared in the sky over the festival, gliding silently at a low altitude over the... Read More

The Hunt for Black October

Mon, October 20, 2014

What first sounded like something straight out of a Tom Clancy novel is turning out to be Moscow's first serious test of Western resolve since the invasion of Crimea earlier this year. While details are patchy and the situation is still unfolding, three separate credible eyewitness... Read More

Should the US save Syria?

Thu, February 07, 2013

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While the situation in Syria worsens and the death-toll rises, there is no consensus in Washington on whether the US should intervene to put an end to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. The McCain Institute this week launched its “Debate and Decision Series” by... Read More

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Alessandro Ceretti

National Security Intern

Alessandro Ceretti is the National Security Intern at The McCain Institute. He graduated from The London School of Economics and Political Science, with a degree in International Relations. He has a keen interest in the study and practice of peacekeeping and post-conflict... Read More

Ben Freakley

Senior Advisor

Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley serves as the Professor of Practice of Leadership for Arizona State University and as a Special Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow for Leadership Initiatives. Additionally, he serves at The McCain Institute for International Leadership. He... Read More

Clint Williamson

Senior Director for Law and National Security

Ambassador Clint Williamson is the Senior Director for Law and National Security at The McCain Institute and a Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University. He served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues from June 2006 to... Read More