Conversations with Secretary Esper: Linda Reynolds

Conversations with Secretary Mark Esper

Former Australian Minister of Defense and current Minister of Government Services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Linda Reynolds joined former U.S. Secretary of Defense and current John S. McCain Distinguished Fellow Mark Esper for the third installment of Conversations with Secretary Esper. Their discussion centered around the America and Australia’s efforts in the Indo-Pacific […]

Authors & Insights: Jean Becker

Jean Becker and Jon Decker Authors and Insights event

Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series. This event features President George H.W. Bush’s Chief of Staff Jean Becker and White House Correspondent for Gray Television and McCain Institute Media Fellow Jon Decker. . They discuss Becker’s newest book, “The Man I Knew: The Amazing […]

Authors & Insights: Seamus Hughes

Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University Seamus Hughes joined McCain Institute Senior Director of the Preventing Targeted Violence Program Brette Steele for a conversation about his book “Homegrown: ISIS in America.” This was a unique discussion between two experts in violent extremism and targeted violence. The talk hit many topics […]

Authors & Insights: Tara Kangarlou

Author, journalist and humanitarian Tara Kangarlou joined Gray Television White House Correspondent and McCain Institute media fellow Jon Decker for a discussion of her book “The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices of a Country and Its People” in the in the latest installment of the McCain Institute’s Authors & Insights Book Talk Series.

Authors & Insights: Chris Brose

Brose and Rasmussen Author Insights Event

Anduril Industries head of strategy and former Senate Armed Services Committee staff director Chris Brose joined McCain Institute non-resident senior fellow Nick Rasmussen for a discussion of his book “Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare” in the in the latest installment of the McCain Institute’s Authors & Insights Book Talk Series. […]

When a Human Trafficking Hashtag Got Hijacked

From the 2021 Sedona Forum, Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Chairman and CEO of the Soufan Group Ali Soufan, CEO of Polaris Catherine Chen joined McCain Institute Senior Director of Combatting Human Trafficking Kristen Abrams to talk about how conspiracy theories like Qanon have harmed anti-trafficking efforts in the United States and around the world. Ernie […]

Stepping Up for the Global Refugee Crisis

From the 2021 Sedona Forum, UN Human Rights Council Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, Chobani Founder & CEO Hamdi Ulukaya joined Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) to discuss how the public and private sectors can do more to help refugees and those in need around the world. Human rights activist and Founder of the Women Peace Network […]

Authors & Insights: Cindy McCain

McCain Institute Board of Trustees Chair Cindy McCain joined McCain Institute Executive Chairman Ambassador Josette Sheeran for a discussion of her new book “Stronger: Courage, Hope, & Humor in My Life with John McCain,” in the in the latest installment of the McCain Institute’s Authors & Insights Book Talk Series. Watch or listen to the […]

Authors & Insights: Peter Baker and Susan Glasser


Authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser joined Ambassador Mark Green to discuss their newest book “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III,” at the 2021 State of the World Conference (hosted by the McCain Institute and Florida International University) for a special edition of the McCain Institute Authors […]

Authors & Insights: Reinforcing the Importance of Modern Democracy


With the rise of authoritarianism in many parts of the world, the need for a renewed commitment to free and open democracy has never been clearer. In “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” Anne Applebaum dissects the shift of declining liberal democracies and rising authoritarianism and argues that before reestablishing the commitment to […]

Authors & Insights: A Portrait of Character Driven Leadership and Service


John McCain, from POW to “straight talking senator,” was a hero to millions of people around the world. But what was he like when the camera lights were off and business had to get done? “The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain” – a deeply personal and candid memoir of working for Sen. McCain by […]

Authors & Insights: The Roles of Freedom and Democracy in American Foreign Policy

H R McMaster

When making critical national security decisions, what role should principles of democracy, freedom and human rights play in the decision-making process? As the 26th National Security Advisor to the President, H.R. McMaster constantly considered this question and more as he helped shape American foreign policy from inside the West Wing. On October 7, Gen. McMaster […]