I am back. On July 22 this year I departed Estonia for the last time as U.S. Ambassador and launched the transition from 35 years in my country’s Diplomatic Service into my new life as a private sector diplomat. On October 1, I joined the new McCain Institute for International Leadership as Senior Director. Located in Washington, D.C. and supported initially by a $9 million gift from the McCain Institute Foundation, we are part of Arizona State University (ASU), America’s largest public university. Our mission is to advance leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity, in the United States and around the world.
I will be directing a unique new global leadership fellows program that will bring emerging leaders from around the world to the U.S. to engage in a year-long deepening of their “character-driven” leadership skills, along with professional development in their respective fields. As an ASU Professor, I will also be passing on 35 years of diplomatic and international leadership experience to the next generation of U.S. and international foreign affairs leaders.
And of course the issues and subjects that have been important to me in the past continue to excite me in my new capacity: cyber security, e-governance, U.S. global leadership, the trans-Atlantic relationship, American values, and technology and policy, to name just a few. Thank you for your patience with my temporary absence from the blogosphere and stay tuned — you will hear from me on these and many other issues again from now on. Follow me and the McCain Institute also on Twitter and Facebook.