Euronews: “McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’”
Interview by Isabelle Kumar
Maverick is often the term used to describe American Senator John McCain, the famously straight- talking, no-nonsense politician who ran for the US Presidency in 2008, losing out to Barack Obama. Today, he is still a political force to be reckoned with. Global Conversation presenter Isabelle Kumar, spoke to him at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Daily Beast | “Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security”
by Tim Mak
It’s amazing what some fresh Nova Scotia air can do.
Sens. John McCain and Tim Kaine led a congressional delegation to the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada this weekend, and something spectacular happened. The two senators engaged in a far more amicable conversation than would have ever been seen in the Sunday news shows, from grilling of witnesses in committees, or with reporters chasing them down the corridors of Congress.
Why, at this conference, some 800 miles outside of Washington, D.C. the Republican and Democrat even allowed themselves to express some optimism.
“I’m very optimistic about the future of the United States of America. We’re going to be energy independent, manufacturing jobs are coming home, we are seeing a steady improvement in our economy,” McCain said, even as he expressed concern about the place of America on the world stage.
Kaine picked up the former sentiment, arguing against the notion that America is on decline.
CBC News | “Halifax International Security Forum: 3 things to watch”
by Stephen Puddicombe
1. ISIS (also known as ISIL) and the future of the Arab world. Retired general John Allen, the U.S. Department of State’s presidential envoy for the global coalition against ISIL, will lead the discussion;
2. Hong Kong, China: One city, two visions.
3. Ukraine, Russia, and the future of Eurasian democracy
There will also be discussion, some on some off the record, about perspectives on the threat of the Islamic State directly to North America, Ebola, and renewed armed conflicts as well as views on Canadian and American leadership to address these crises.
The Chronicle Herald | “EDITORIAL: Halifax Security Forum worthy investment”
by Editorial Board
Bringing together senior officials from mostly democratic nations around the world to freely discuss problems, share knowledge and debate possible responses to global security challenges, from Ukraine to the Middle East, is clearly a good idea.
In fact, if an event like this didn’t already exist, reasonable people in democratic countries would no doubt support launching this type of annual get-together.
Just such a conference, however, does exist. The Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), which holds its sixth annual November sessions in Nova Scotia’s capital city this weekend, has become — since first meeting here in 2009 — one of only a handful of must-attend global security events on the international calendar.