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McCain Institute National Security Fellowship Seeks Five Eyes Applicants

Click HERE to apply online before Sunday, August 11, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2024) – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) is now accepting applications for the fifth cohort of its National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship. This fellowship brings together the most promising character-driven leaders in the national security community of the Five Eyes (FVEY) nations – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

As part of the McCain Institute’s mission to advance democracy, human dignity, and security, the National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship creates an enduring international network of national security decision-makers by linking fellows with peers and colleagues across the Five Eyes partner nations.

“This fellowship is designed to prepare national security and counterterrorism professionals in the United States and our Five Eyes partner nations for the challenges of tomorrow,” said McCain Institute Executive Director Dr. Evelyn Farkas. “Through this fellowship, we are forming a one-of-its-kind network of professionals whose relationships and information sharing will help create a safer world in the decades to come.”

The NSCT Fellowship was designed by Nicholas Rasmussen, who has brought a wealth of national security expertise and networks to the program. Rasmussen was previously the executive director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), the director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) from 2014 – 2017, and a former White House senior counterterrorism official under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Executed in partnership with the National Security College of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, the 2025 program will feature engagements in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand with senior leaders at key government agencies, briefings with top journalists covering counterterrorism, and innovative leadership training with premier scholars and national security practitioners.

“The NSCT fellowship offers exceptional access to national security conversations and senior leaders across the Five Eyes. The National Security College at the Australian National University is proud to partner with the McCain Institute to highlight the Australian perspective and support this growing network of emerging leaders in fields of enduring security importance,” said Professor Rory Medcalf AM, Head of the ANU National Security College.

The 2024 cohort included 16 fellows from agencies including the Australian Federal Police in Canberra, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office in London, and the United States Department of State, Department of Defense, and National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, D.C., and more.

“The relationships I formed during the NSCT Fellowship have endured well past the fellowship year,” said NSCT alumna Shawna Sinnott. “As a cohort, we stand well prepared to call on each other as our nations grapple with increasingly complex security dilemmas.”

For more information or to apply, click HERE. The application deadline is Sunday, August 11, 2024.

Publish Date
June 28, 2024