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McCain Institute Hosts 2024 National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship Cohort in Washington

Cohort to convene twice more this year in London, United Kingdom, and Canberra, Australia

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2024) – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) recently hosted the 2024 class of its National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship (NSCT) in Washington, D.C. The 2024 cohort of NSCT fellows consists of 16 young leaders who hail from the countries that comprise the Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The cohort met with staff members of the National Security Council and senior leaders at the National Counterterrorism Center, the CIA, the State Department, and more. The weeklong trip included visits to the Pentagon, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and CIA headquarters. In addition to sessions about counterterrorism and national security priorities, the fellows engaged in discussions about violence prevention, media affairs, journalism, and leadership.

“The NSCT Fellowship strengthens communication between the Five Eyes alliance partners and lays the groundwork to combat future national security threats,” said Kristen Abrams, chief program officer at the McCain Institute. “These fellows are the brightest changemakers in the national security and counterterrorism space, and we were delighted to host them in our nation’s capital for a week of learning and connecting, and we are excited for the upcoming convenings in London and Canberra.”

“I’ve come away with … thoughts on career opportunities and direction, insights on leadership and creating a positive team culture, the intersection between different national security threats, and of course a whole new network of contacts,” said Elise Nelson, 2024 national security & counterterrorism fellow, United Kingdom.

The 2024 fellowship experience takes place throughout the 2024 calendar year with three week-long visits to Five Eyes capitals, including visits to Canberra in late summer 2024 and London in winter 2024. Learn more about the National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship here.

About the McCain Institute at Arizona State University

The McCain Institute is a nonpartisan organization inspired by Senator John McCain and his family’s dedication to public service. We are part of Arizona State University and based in Washington, D.C. Our programs defend democracy, advance human rights and freedom, and empower character-driven leaders. Our unique power to convene leaders across the global political spectrum enables us to make a real impact on the world’s most pressing challenges. Our goal is action, not talk, and like Senator McCain, we are fighting to create a free, safe, and just world for all.

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.


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Publish Date
March 12, 2024