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McCain Institute Releases Sedona Forum Agenda and Speaker List

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SEDONA, Arizona (May 2, 2024) – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) today released the agenda and full speaker lineup for the 2024 Sedona Forum taking place May 3 – 4 in Sedona, Arizona.

“With the theme ‘Securing Our Insecure World,’ this year’s Sedona Forum will examine geopolitics in our increasingly insecure world,” said McCain Institute Executive Director Dr. Evelyn Farkas. “This weekend’s high-level convening of world leaders, policymakers, military officers, humanitarians, and journalists will tackle today’s top issues and advance the vision of the McCain Institute: a world that is free, safe, and just for all.”

Speakers will address assaults on democracy, human rights, and global security, in a context where climate change is accelerating current dynamics. Panel topics will cover challenges posed by autocracies to a rules-based international order, U.S. values and interests, the impact of technology on democracy, defense, and development, the global hunger crisis, human security, and more.

View the full agenda HERE.

View the full list of speakers HERE and below.

Kristen Abrams, Chief Program Officer, McCain Institute
David Axelrod, Founding Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics & CNN Senior Political Commentator
Sec. Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.-02)
Amb. Roger D. Carstens, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, U.S. Department of State
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.)
U.S. Representative Jason Crow (D-Colo.-06)
Dr. Michael Crow, President, ASU
Rick Davis, Partner, Stone Court Capital & Chairman, McCain Institute
Steve Duprey, Former Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party
Adm. Linda Fagan, Commandant, United States Coast Guard
Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas, Executive Director, McCain Institute
Jon Finer, Deputy National Security Advisor of the United States
Lev Gonick, Chief Information Officer, ASU
Amb. Alexandra Hall Hall, Former Ambassador to Georgia, Writer, Byline Times, & Co-Host, “Disorder” Podcast
Scott Jablow, Mayor of Sedona
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics & Board Member, McCain Institute
Governor Katie Hobbs, Ariz.
Paul Kane, Senior Congressional Correspondent, The Washington Post
Garry Kasparov, Chairman, Renew Democracy Initiative
U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.)
Seung Min Kim, White House Reporter, The Associated Press
Amb. Martin Kimani, Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations
Courtney Kube, Correspondent, NBC News
Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ukraine
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Sarah Margon, Director, Foreign Policy, Open Society Foundations
Jack McCain, Board Member, McCain Institute
Dr. Denis Mukwege, President and Founder, Panzi Hospital and Foundation
Dasha Navalnaya, Daughter of Alexei Navalny
Vali Nasr, Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies, SAIS
Kelly O’Donnell, Senior White House Correspondent, NBC News
Roberto Patiño, Founder, Mi Convive & Director, Institute 2100
Amb. David Pressman, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary
Gen. Laura Richardson, Commander, U.S. Southern Command
Josh Rogin, Columnist, The Washington Post
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
Sheryl Sandberg, Founder, Lean In
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.)
Governor Chris Sununu, N.H.
U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.)
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Damon Wilson, President & CEO, National Endowment for Democracy
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Arizona-Based Voting Issues Reporter, The Washington Post
Sec. Janet Yellen, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.)

*Speakers and panels are subject to change*

Panels will be available to watch via livestream. To learn more about the event and register for the livestream, visit

Inspired by the McCain family, the Sedona Forum is held each spring to advance the mission of the McCain Institute — fighting for democracy, human dignity, and security. As the McCain Institute’s signature annual event, the forum provides a unique opportunity for U.S. and world leaders to have informal, face-to-face discussions about real solutions to the problems facing our world today. This year’s theme, “Securing Our Insecure World,” will examine the greatest challenges to democracy, human rights, and global security and generate solutions for bringing stability to our increasingly insecure world.