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McCain Institute Announces Washington Post Moderators, Confirmed In-Person Speakers for Sedona Forum 2022

Sedona Forum 2022 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 a distinguished list of confirmed in-person speakers for the Sedona Forum 2022, including leading journalists from The Washington Post who will drive impactful conversations as part of the Sedona Forum’s first-ever media partnership.

“We’re thrilled to work with The Washington Post to provide an inside look at the consequential conversations that will take place in Sedona. As world leaders, high-ranking officials, journalists, humanitarians and other newsmakers gather for this one-of-a-kind event, we look forward to fostering discussions that will produce actionable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges and honor the legacy of Senator John McCain,” said Director of the Sedona Forum Davis White.

Moderators from The Washington Post include Global Opinions Columnist Josh Rogin, NASA and Space industry Reporter Christian Davenport and Intelligence and National Security Staff Writer Shane Harris. They will host discussions on topics ranging from national security and space to Russia and China as part of the Sedona Forum 2022 theme “Strategic Competition.”

Speakers at the 2022 Sedona Forum will include Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, U.S. Special Operations Commander General Richard Clarke, former U.S. Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, World Food Kitchen CEO Nate Mook, a bipartisan delegation of at least 15 U.S. senators and members of Congress including U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), former Australia Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, FBI Director Christopher Wray and more.

Confirmed participants for in-person events include:

Arvydas Anusauskas, Minister of Defence from Lithuania
David Axelrod, Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics
Kari Bingen, Chief Strategy Officer, Hawkeye 360
Julie Bishop, Chancellor, Australian National University
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
General Richard Clarke, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
Dr. Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University
Christian Davenport, journalist, The Washington Post
Rick Davis, Chairman, McCain Institute Board of Trustees
Governor Doug Ducey, Ariz.
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
Former Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, John S. McCain Fellow
Richard Fontaine, CEO, CNAS
Sue Gordon, Director, CACI International
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Ambassador Alexandra Hall Hall
Sue Halpern, The New Yorker
Admiral Harry Harris
Shane Harris, journalist, The Washington Post
Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, The Knight Foundation
U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.)
U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
David Kramer, The Bush Institute
Frank Long, Plain Text, Schmidt Futures
Ambassador Douglas Lute
U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.)
General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Nate Mook, CEO, World Food Kitchen
U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.)
Sophie Otiende, CEO, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
General David Petraeus
Nick Rasmussen, Executive Director, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
Josh Rogin, Columnist, The Washington Post
U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.)
U.S. Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.)
U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai
Dan Twining, President, International Republican Institute
U.S. Representative Mike Waltz (R-Fla.)
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
FBI Director Christopher Wray

*Speakers and panels are subject to change*

The Sedona Forum 2022 will take place Thursday, April 28 – Saturday, April 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 Thursday, April 28, and in-person events scheduled Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, in Sedona, Ariz.

Also, for the first time, some in-person programming at the Sedona Forum will be livestreamed by the McCain Institute.

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.

Additional programming details will be released prior to the Sedona Forum 2022. Register today for the virtual programming HERE. Stay up to date by visiting


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
The Washington Post is an award-winning news leader whose mission is to connect, inform, and enlighten local, national and global readers with trustworthy reporting, in-depth analysis and engaging opinions. It combines world-class journalism with the latest technology and tools so readers can interact with The Post anytime, anywhere.

Publish Date
April 22, 2022