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

Is the West neglecting Turkey?

Wed, August 10, 2016

Should the West be worried that Turkey is repairing its damaged ties with Russia? Executive Director Kurt Volker says that the United States and the European Union have "failed to deal with Turkey on a strategic level."

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U.S. Role in NATO

Mon, November 30, 2015

Executive Director Amb. Kurt Volker was featured on C-SPAN talking about the U.S. role in NATO, the organization’s involvement in efforts to combat ISIS, the international implications of the Paris terrorist attacks and deteriorating relations with Russia.

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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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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 Rule of Law, Governance and Security

Ambassador Clint Williamson is the Senior Director for Rule of Law, Governance and 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... Read More