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In The News: Sedona Forum 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) recently hosted the 2022 Sedona Forum. Newsmakers at the event have been featured in reporting throughout the week. Below is a list of the top news articles and columns. 

Bloomberg TV: Rick Davis Discusses Sedona Forum Theme of Strategic Competition

The Washington Post: Josh Rogin Column: America’s Gulf ‘allies’ are now Putin’s enablers

The U.S.-led effort to thwart Russian President Vladimir Putin is being actively undermined by America’s supposed Persian Gulf allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The dictators who run these petrostates are raking in profits from oil sales while sky-high prices are filling Putin’s coffers and hurting the U.S. and European economies…

“Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates today are Russia’s allies in the Persian Gulf, by virtue of laundering Russian money and refusing categorically and deliberately to increase oil production,” Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) said at the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum last weekend. “This is a moment where we need more countries to face a choice: Whose side are you on?”

Space News: Kelly plays down Russian ASAT threat

Mark Kelly speaks about Space at the Sedona Forum 2022

At a panel session of the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum April 30, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), chair of the emerging threats subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he did not consider ASATs a threat to either government or commercial satellites in the near term even during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

ASU News: Ukraine-Russia war, Afghanistan discussed at Sedona Forum 

The shifting role of Congress, the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan and the intersection of migration and human trafficking were among the topics discussed Thursday during the first day of the Sedona Forum, put on by the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.

The forum, which runs through Saturday, gathers national and international leaders for panel discussions and features more than 70 guest speakers, including FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. 

Hearst TV: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s Speaks about Ukraine aid during a Sedona Forum 2022 Virtual PanelSenator Mitch McConnell Speaks about Ukraine at the Sedona Forum 2022

Lawmakers are preparing to take up a relief package for Ukraine…  

“If there’s another request for Ukraine, I think there’s an overwhelming likelihood it will be approved,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell during a Sedona Forum 2022 virtual panel.

The Washinton Post: Josh Rogin Column: China won’t repeat Putin’s Ukraine mistakes in Taiwan

But China has a key advantage that Russia didn’t. By not going first, Xi can easily avoid repeating Putin’s military blunders, and China also now knows the West’s playbook for responding. This has likely led Xi to adjust China’s plans for attacking Taiwan in at least four ways, according to Army Gen. Richard Clarke, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, who spoke at the McCain Institute Sedona Forum on Saturday.

CBS News: Chinese hackers took trillions in intellectual property from about 30 multinational companies

“[China has] a bigger hacking program than that of every other major nation combined. And their biggest target is, of course, the United States,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said Friday, during a public forum at the McCain Institute.


About the McCain Institute at Arizona State University
Inspired by Senator John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute is fighting to secure democracy and alliances, defend human rights, protect the vulnerable and advance character-driven leadership, both at home and around the world.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

About The Sedona Forum
The Sedona Forum brings together top government officials, policymakers, humanitarians, journalists and corporate industry leaders from around the world to discuss solutions for today’s most urgent and complex challenges. The Sedona Forum 2022 focused strongly on Russia’s assault on Ukraine, as well as China’s approach to democracy and human rights. Now in its ninth year, the Sedona Forum honors Senator John McCain’s legacy by continuing to champion the ideas and causes he dedicated his life to serving. The Sedona Forum 2022 was held Thursday, April 28 – Saturday, April 30, with the theme “Strategic Competition.” Stay up to date by visiting

Publish Date
May 6, 2022