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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 

 

15:00-15:30 INTRODUCTION
 | ON THE RECORD

Mr. Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum

OPENING
 SPEECH | ON THE RECORD

The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada

15:30-16:15 “The West Block” Hosted by Tom Clark | ON THE RECORD

PRODUCED FOR CANADA’S GLOBAL NEWS

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
  • The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada
  • General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent, Global News

16:15-16:45 COFFEE BREAK

16:45-17:00 Britain’s Place in the World | ON THE RECORD

The Right Hon. Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom

17:00-18:00 PLENARY 1: Make Democracy Great Again | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • The Hon. Ömer Çelik, Minister for European Union Affairs, Turkey
  • The Right Hon. Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Walter Russell Mead, Professor, Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, James Clarke Chace Professor at Bard College, and Editor-At-Large at The American Interest    
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
18:45 SHUTTLE TO PIER 21

LOCATION: Westin Lobby

19:00-19:30 RECEPTION

LOCATION: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

19:30-21:30 GALA DINNER

Presentation of the Builder Award
Senator Tim Kaine, Senator from Virginia, United States Senate

21:45 NIGHT OWLS:

Middle East Mess: Who Should Clean It Up? Who Can? | OFF THE RECORD

LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom

SPEAKERS:

  • Mr. Farea Al-Muslimi, Non Resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • H.E. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of Foreign Relations Department, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
  • Mr. Lotfi Maktouf, Founder and President, Almadanya
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Janice Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Russia: Putin’ the Bloc Back Together | OFF THE RECORD

LOCATION: Harbour B

SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Hannes Hanso, Minister of Defence, Estonia
  • General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Mr. Bohdan Yaremenko, Chairman of the Board, Maidan of Foreign Affairs
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Josh Rogin, Columnist, Washington Post
Sea, Cyber, Space: The Long Game in Asia | OFF THE RECORD

LOCATION: Tradewinds

SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Seung Joo Baek, Member of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP, and Director, India Foundation
  • Mr. Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Secretary-General for US-Japan Project, Japan Center for Economic Research
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Randy Scheunemann, President, Orion Strategies

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 

 

6:00-8:30 BREAKFAST


LOCATION: Elements Dining Room at the Westin Nova Scotian

8:30-9:45 PLENARY 2
: The Superpower’s Enduring Priorities: Trade, Justice and the American Way | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • Ms. Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, United States Pacific Command
  • Dr. Josef Joffe, Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit 
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

9:45-10:15 COFFEE BREAK

10:15-11:30 PLENARY 3
: Great Continent, Great Responsibility: Finding China’s Role | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • Professor Matake Kamiya, Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan, and Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs
  • Mr. Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP, and Director, India Foundation
  • Senator Dan Sullivan, Senator from Alaska, United States Senate
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Michael Auslin, Author, The End of the Asian Century

11:30-12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00-13:15 PLENARY 4
: Because Syria: I’m Your Friendly Neighborhood Terrorist | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • General John Allen (Ret.), Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, The Brookings Institution
  • The Hon. Ömer Çelik, Minister for European Union Affairs, Turkey
  • The Hon. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, France
  • Senator John McCain, Senator from Arizona, United States Senate
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Yalda Hakim, Presenter, Impact, and Correspondent, BBC World News

13:15-14:30 LUNCH

14:30-15:00 HALIFAX CHAT
 | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS: 

  • Senator John McCain, Senator from Arizona, United States Senate
  • Senator John Barrasso, Senator from Wyoming, United States Senate
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Senior Advisor, Halifax International Security Forum
15:00-16:15 PLENARY 5
: NATO: Necessary | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President, Republic of Croatia
  • The Hon. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator from New Hampshire, United States Senate
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Senior Advisor, Halifax International Security Forum

16:15-16:45 COFFEE BREAK

16:45-17:45 PLENARY 6
: Climate Security, Energy Security and the Politics of Slow Moving Threats | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • Senator Chris Coons, Senator from Delaware, United States Senate
  • Mr. Ralf Fücks, President, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Germany
  • General Joseph Lengyel, Chief, United States National Guard Bureau
  • General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defence, Netherlands
  • Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security
  • Mr. Taylor Wilson, Nuclear Physicist, University of Nevada, Reno
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University 

18:30 PRE-DINNER RECEPTION

Location: VIA Rail Station

19:30-21:30 DINNER SESSIONS 
| ALL SESSIONS OFF THE RECORD

Beneath the Waves: Submarine Surge
WITH:

  • Admiral Yoji Koda (Ret.), Vice Admiral, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force
  • Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, United States Naval War College
  • HOSTED BY: Minister Peter MacKay, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Toronto and Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Department of Justice

Can Liberal Institutions Survive Democracy?
WITH:

  • Dr. Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Mr. Walter Russell Mead, Professor, Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, James Clarke Chace Professor at Bard College, and Editor-At-Large at The American Interest    
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Senior Advisor, Halifax International Security Forum

Catastrophe in South Sudan
WITH:

  • Mr. Daniel Bekele, Executive Director, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Dr. J. Peter Pham, Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives and Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council
  • HOSTED BY: Ms. Heather Hurlburt, Director, New Models of Policy Advocacy Project, New America Foundation

Colombia’s Peace: Latin Lessons for All
WITH:

  • Ms. María Victoria Llorente, Executive Director, Fundación Ideas para la Paz
  • Mr. Antonio Rodiles, Director, State of SATS
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Christopher Sabatini, Executive Director, Global Americans and Lecturer of International and Public Policy, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

Defense, Development, Diplomacy: Difficult
WITH:

  • Mr. James H. Baker, Director, Office of Net Assessment, United States Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, Chief of Defence, Norwegian Armed Forces
  • Mr. Jürgen Hardt, Member of the German Bundestag, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Foreign Policy Spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Federal Foreign Office
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. John Glenn, Policy Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Drugs: America’s Addiction, Mexico’s Affliction
WITH:

  • Dr. Mauricio Meschoulam, Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana; Researcher and International Analyst, Mexico Research Center for Peace
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Luis Rubio, Chairman, Center of Research for Development

The End of Secrecy: The End of Diplomacy?
WITH:

  • Dr. Dawisson Belém Lopes, Professor of International and Comparative Politics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Dr. Sławomir Dębski, Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs
  • Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Digital and New Media, Government of Nigeria
  • HOSTED BY: Ms. Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Georgetown University Law Center

Energy as a Weapon: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed?
WITH:

  • Mr. Ilya Ponomarev, Former Member of Parliament, State Duma
  • Mr. Laurent Ruseckas, Senior Advisor, Eurasian Gas, IHS Energy
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Ian Brodie, Associate Director, Centre for Military, Strategic and Security Studies, University of Calgary

India: Last BRIC in the Wall
WITH:

  • Dr. Michael Auslin, Author, The End of the Asian Century
  • Dr. Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

ISIS in Africa
WITH:

  • Mr. Mohamed Ali, Executive Director, Iftiin Foundation
  • General Lamine Cissé, Former Chief of Defense Staff, Former Minister of Interior, Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), President of the Board, Partners
    West Africa-Senegal, Senegalese Armed Forces
  • Mr. Japheth Omojuwa, Columnist, The Punch Newspaper, Leadership Newspaper and Naij.com
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. François Lafond, President, Blue Networks and Opportunities

London Calling, Europe Falling
WITH:

  • Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones DCMG, Chairman, Cyber Security Advisory Panel to the Bank of England, House of Lords
  • Mr. Fabrice Pothier, Senior Associate, Rasmussen Global
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Bruce Weinrod, Senior Counsel, Global Impact

Maidan, Crimea and the Obstacles to Democracy in Ukraine
WITH:

  • Mr. Michael Bociurkiw, Former Spokesperson, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
  • The Hon. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
  • Sir Andrew Wood, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
  • Mr. Bohdan Yaremenko, Chairman of the Board, Maidan of Foreign Affairs
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. David J. Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Old Enemies, New Friends?: Realignment in the Middle East
WITH:

  • Mr. James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Ms. Isabelle Lasserre, Associate Editor, Le Figaro
  • Dr. Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Paul Salem, Vice President for Policy and Research, Middle East Institute

Power Corrupts, Corruption Corrodes
WITH:

  • Dr. Leila Alieva, Academic Visitor, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
  • Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Chairman, Stimson Center
  • Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration
  • Mayor David Smolansky, Mayor, El Hatillo Municipality, Venezuela
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

Reconciliation or Escalation: The Korean Conundrum
WITH:

  • The Hon. Toshiro Iijima, Ambassador in charge of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • Mr. Seongmin Lee, Student, Columbia University
  • Rear Admiral Sungbae Park, Director General of Foreign Intelligence, Korea Defense Intelligence Agency
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Dean Fealk, Partner and Group Chair, DLA Piper

Securing Afghanistan, Losing Pakistan
WITH:

  • Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Director and Senior Fellow, South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute
  • Ambassador Said Jawad, The Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Jerrold Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy

Terror: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
WITH:

  • H.E. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Minister, Head of Foreign Relations Department, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Mr. Richard Fadden, Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Canada
  • The Hon. Moshe Ya’alon, Former Minister of Defense, Israel
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Top Cop: Fulfilling the UN’s Eternal Promise
WITH:

  • The Hon. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, France
  • The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Turkey’s Failed Coup and the Consequences for the Rest of the World
WITH:

  • The Hon. Ömer Çelik, Minister for European Union Affairs, Turkey
  • Ms. Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic and Director, Europe Programs, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute

22:00 AFTER-DINNER SOCIABLE

Location: Westin Lobby

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20

 

7:00 5K RUN WITH CANADIAN MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN

LOCATION: Westin Lobby

 

9:00-10:15 BREAKFAST SESSIONS:

Are We All Being Served?: Women and the Importance of Being Inclusive | OFF THE RECORD

LOCATION: Tradewinds

SPEAKERS:

  • Minister Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition, House of Commons, Canada
  • Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative in the United States, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Ms. Jacqueline O’Neill, Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security
  • General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Ira Trivedi, Author
The New Battlefield: Where Is It? | OFF THE RECORD

LOCATION: Harbour B

SPEAKERS:

  • General Herbert McMaster, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Minister Tomasz Szatkowski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of National Defence of Poland
  • MODERATOR: Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership
Refugees Passing Borders, Nations Passing the Buck | OFF THE RECORD

LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom

SPEAKERS:

  • Ms. Christine Beerli, Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland
  • Mr. Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, HIAS, United States
  • The Hon. Zoran Jolevski, Minister of Defense, The Republic of Macedonia
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution 
10:30-11:45 PLENARY 7: Spies Love Us: Protecting Information in the Age of Openness | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • Ms. Greta Bossenmaier, Chief, Communications Security Establishment, Canada
  • Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones DCMG, Chairman, Cyber Security Advisory Panel to the Bank of England, House of Lords
  • Admiral Michael Rogers, United States Navy and Commander, United States Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
  • General Amos Yadlin (Ret.), Executive Director, Institute for National Security Studies
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

11:45-12:15 COFFEE BREAK

12:15-13:30 PLENARY 8
: Return of the Nation State | ON THE RECORD

SPEAKERS:

  • H.E. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of Foreign Relations Department, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Dr. Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies 
  • H.E. Mikhail Kasyanov, Former Prime Minister of Russia, Political Leader of People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), People’s Freedom Party of Russia
  • The Hon. Moshe Ya’alon, Former Minister of Defense, Israel
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Kathleen Koch, Author, Journalist, and Founder, LeadersLink

13:30-14:30 CLOSING LUNCH

LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom