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McCain Institute Announces 2022 Sedona Forum: “Strategic Competition”

2022 Sedona Forum to take place April 28 – 30

The Washington Post to serve as media partner  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University today announced its 2022 Sedona Forum will take place April 28 – 30 with the theme “Strategic Competition.” For the first time, the annual gathering will take place both virtually and in-person, with virtual programming scheduled April 28, and in-person events scheduled April 29 – 30, in Sedona, Arizona. The Washington Post will serve as a media partner for the 2022 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 2022 Sedona Forum will focus 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.

“As the powers of democracy and authoritarianism collide, the 2022 Sedona Forum could not come at a more critical time,” said Director of the Sedona Forum Davis White. “This bipartisan gathering in the spirit of Senator John McCain will produce actionable and lasting results.”

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The 2021 Sedona Forum was entirely virtual and open to the public for the first time. The conference’s theme was “Defending Democracy” and featured 126 speakers including co-founder of Schmidt Futures and former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt and current CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki, public servants like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, global humanitarians such as Ben Affleck, José Andrés and Angelina Jolie, military leaders like Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, as well as 43 former and current elected officials, the UN secretary general, two former heads of government, two former secretaries of state, two former secretaries of defense, two Academy Award winners, an NBA hall of famer, a future first-ballot NFL hall of famer, and many more experts and defenders of democracy. View the 2021 Sedona Forum agenda and panel recordings here.

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 Washington Post
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Publish Date
April 11, 2022