A 21st Century Iron Curtain? Looking at the Future of NATO

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has profoundly altered the European security order and ushered in what is effectively a 21st century iron curtain over the continent. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) must now reconsider both its strategic confrontation with the Kremlin, and how it upholds the alliance’s promise of collective security. Greater pressure has been […]

NATO & China: Has a European War Changed NATO’s Approach to China?

Senator John McCain was prescient in his comments about the need for strong American alliances. He said in 2016, “…the best way to prevent Russian misbehavior is by having a credible, strong military and a strong NATO alliance.” While Putin has invaded Ukraine, the NATO alliance and U.S. alliances around the world have only strengthened […]

What is the Future of the NATO Alliance with a More Aggressive Russia?

NATO and its members are facing a growing threat in the form of Mis-, Dis-, and Mal-information (MDM) campaigns that can be traced back to authoritarian regimes and their proxies. Much of this “weaponized” information seems aimed at weakening confidence in member governments and in the alliance itself. While Russia poses the most immediate threat, […]

Conversations with Secretary Mark Esper: Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks

As a member of the European Union and a NATO member state, Latvia is on the frontline against Russian foreign aggression. To further the conversation on this issue, the McCain Institute seeks to convene experts to discuss related to the United States’ strategic security partnerships and how they address some of the most pressing challenges […]

Improving NATO’s Public Image and Building Awareness of the MDM Threat

Below is the first in a four part series of conversations covering NATO and building public awareness of Mis-, Dis- & Mal-Information. NATO and its members are facing a growing threat in the form of disinformation campaigns that can be traced back to authoritarian regimes and their proxies. Much of this “weaponized” information seems aimed […]

Conversations With Sec. Mark Esper: Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

In recent months, the Biden Administration has made re-engaging with our Indo-Pacific partners a top foreign policy priority. To further the conversation on this issue, the McCain Institute seeks to convene experts to discuss related to the United States’ Indo-Pacific security partnerships and how they address some of the most pressing challenges of our time—a […]

Conversations With Secretary Esper: President of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez

A conversation with the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez on the Western Hemisphere In recent months, the Biden Administration has sustained and deepened the U.S. relationship with its most important ally in the Hemisphere, the Republic of Colombia. Just last month, Secretary Blinken chose Colombia as his first trip to South […]

Conversations With Sec. Mark Esper: Linda Reynolds on Indo-Pacific Relations

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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 […]

Conversations With Sec. Mark Esper: Theresa May on Transatlantic Allianca

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JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION WITH FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DR. MARK ESPER AND FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM THERESA MAY Following President Biden’s first overseas trip to Europe in early June, many are hoping that it represents the United States’ returning to a more traditional approach to its transatlantic alliances where […]

Conversations With Secretary Mark Esper: Carl Bildt On Biden’s Trip To Europe

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Join the McCain Institute for International Leadeship as it premieres a new series of one-on-one conversations with Former Secretary of Defense and the Army and John McCain Distinguished Fellow Mark T. Esper. In this first intstallment, Sec. Esper sits down with Former Prime Minister & Foreign Minster of Sweden and Co-Chair of the European Council […]