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Senator John McCain’s Legacy of “Service Over Self” More Important Than Ever

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark Senator John McCain’s 87th birthday, and just following the fifth anniversary of his passing on August 25, McCain Institute Executive Director Dr. Evelyn Farkas released the following statement:

“Today, on what would have been Senator John McCain’s 87th birthday, we at the McCain Institute at Arizona State University are as proud as ever to carry on his legacy of fighting for human rights and democracy and confronting the world’s most pressing challenges at home and abroad.

“In the context of Russia’s murderous, criminal war on Ukraine, China’s aggressive nationalism and saber-rattling towards Taiwan, and active collaboration among autocrats to threaten human rights and democracy around the world and in America, voices like Sen. McCain’s are sorely missed. At the McCain Institute, we are guided by his belief in ‘Service Over Self,’ and the idea that protecting individual human rights and empowering individuals are at the core of why we defend democracy and bolster our national security.

“A decade after the McCain Institute’s inception, we continue to use our unique convening ability and our expert-driven programs to produce policy outcomes that advance democracy, human rights, and character-driven leadership.

“And five years after his passing, Sen. McCain’s legacy of selfless service is more important than ever. Please learn more about the McCain Institute’s work and join our network of changemakers today.”

Further Reading:
Arizona Family: McCain Institute upholding late Sen. John McCain’s legacy
The Hill: Op-Ed: John McCain’s warning of the authoritarian threat should be heeded

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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 advance democracy and human rights, empower character-driven leaders, combat human trafficking, and prevent targeted violence. 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.


Publish Date
August 29, 2023