Strategic Competition

For the first time, the 2022 Sedona Forum took place both virtually and in-person, giving friends of the McCain Institute a front-row seat to conversations about the world’s most pressing issues from high-level panels featuring top experts and policymakers from around the world and on both sides of the aisle.

With the theme “Strategic Competition,” the Sedona Forum 2022 focused strongly on Russia’s assault on Ukraine, as well as China’s version of democracy and approach to human rights.

The Washington Post served as the Forum’s media partner.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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American Leadership at Home and Abroad

At the 2022 Sedona Forum, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joins CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett to talk about the shifting role of Congress in promoting democracy and American leadership abroad.

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12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
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The Changing World Order and How to Navigate Times Ahead

At the 2022 Sedona Forum, Ray Dalio, Chairman of Bridgewater Associates joins Mi-Ai Parrish, Sue Clark-Johnson Professor for Media Innovation and Leadership for a discussion about how to prepare for what is next in an uncertain and shifting world order.

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1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
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Exploring the Impact of the U.S. Pullout of Afghanistan on Human Rights and the Future of Democracy Promotion

At the 2022 Sedona Forum, Chairman of the Senate Relations Committee Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) joins former U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman Greta Holtz and former Afghan Ambassador to the United States Roya Rahmani for a panel discussion on the future of U.S. efforts to promote democracy and human rights abroad after last year’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. McCain Institute Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy Programs Paul Fagan moderates the discussion.

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Intersection of Migration and Human Trafficking

At the 2022 Sedona Forum, Neha Misra of The Solidarity Center, Tim Roemer, Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security and Jessica Caplin, a Protection Officer with the UN Refugee Agency currently working with Ukrainian migrants, discuss the intersection of migration and all forms of human trafficking. McCain Institute Senior Director for Combatting Human Trafficking Programs Kristen Abrams leads the discussion.

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3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
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Navigating Critical Humanitarian Work in a Changing World

At the 2022 Sedona Forum, President of the Rockefeller Foundation Raj Shah joins Nick Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic to talk about the changing role and scope of NGO work in a more uncertain world.

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3:50 pm - 4:40 pm
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McCain Global Leaders on the Frontlines: Local Leaders Fighting Global Crises

At the 2022 Sedona Forum, McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council Member Michelle Bekkering join McCain Global Leaders Nino Dolidze of Georgia and Tomas Martinaitis of Lithuania to discuss their frontline roles in organizing grassroots efforts, public policy, digital tools, and more as they work to provide stability in their home countries and globally. Gray TV White House Correspondent and McCain Institute Media Fellow Jon Decker moderates.

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2:45 pm - 2:55 pm
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Welcome

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm
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Theme Setting

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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China’s Ukraine Problem: The West’s Diplomatic Unity

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
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Forced Labor and Global Supply Chains

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
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The FBI’s Role in Defending American Democracy: Innovating with Intelligence and Leading in Law Enforcement

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8:35 am - 8:40 am
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Opening by Rick Davis and Amb. Cindy McCain

8:40 am - 8:45 am
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A Message From The McCain Institute's New Executive Director, Evelyn Farkas

8:45 am - 9:15 am
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Virtual Conversation with President Poroshenko

9:15 am - 10:00 am
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Protecting U.S. Democracy’s Elections Systems and Infrastructure Against Cyber Attacks

11:15 am - 11:45 am
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Carbon Border Adjustments

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
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Security Challenges in a Contemporary Environment

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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“A Cause Greater Than” Discussion: Forced Migration and Food Security

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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One on One Conversation with Dr. Mark Esper

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm
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National Security Strategy in an Era of the Russia/China Axis

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm
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The Putin Paradox: Pariah or President?

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm
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National Security and the Impact of Technology

Thoughtful Leaders. Decision Makers. Activists and Experts.

The Sedona Forum is the McCain Institute’s annual, high-level gathering of national and international leaders held each spring at the Enchantment Resort in the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. Starting from the assumption of character-driven leadership and core democratic values, The Sedona Forum convenes thought-leaders, decision makers, activists and diverse experts to discuss approaches and solutions to real-world problems.