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15:00 – 15:30 Conference Introduction

Speaker: Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum

Our official conference programming kicks off with opening remarks from Forum President Peter Van Praagh.

Speaker: The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of Natonal Defence

Peter Van Praagh’s introduction will be followed by opening remarks from Canada’s Minister of Defence, The Hon. Harjit Sajjan. 

15:30-16:15 “The West Block” Hosted by Tom Clark WestBlock



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

16:45 – 17:00 Britain’s Place in the World

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

17:00-18:00 PLENARY 1: Make Democracy Great AgainPlenary-1


  • 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, Bard College, and Editor-at-Large, The American Interest
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs



Washington Post: NATO General Says Trump Not Serious About Abandoning Treaty
Rob Gillies, Associated Press

“A top NATO general said Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States might abandon its NATO treaty commitments is not serious because the treaty is so binding and important to America and its allies that no president “would dare” change it.”

Halifax Chronicle Herald: McCain, Kaine Among Security Forum Delegates
Fram Dinshaw

“Political heavyweights including Republican senator John McCain and Hillary Clinton’s recent running mate Timothy Kaine are due in Halifax for this year’s International Security Forum.”

Globe and Mail: Ukraine Seeks Support Against Western Aggression
Steven Chase

“A senior Ukrainian government official is calling on Canada and European allies to help keep a united Western front against Russian aggression from crumbling in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, who has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin.”

Politico: Czech General to Trump: ‘NATO’ is as Relevant as Ever
Esther King

“No American president would dare renege on NATO treaty commitments, a top general said late Wednesday, responding to President-elect Donald Trump‘s suggestion that he may not defend fellow NATO members under attack.”

Metro Halifax: Donald Trump will be ‘top of mind’ at Halifax International Security Forum
Zane Woodford

“Janice Stein, a program advisor at the Forum, says the delegates coming from all over the world will all be talking about one thing: Trump.”

Halifax Chronicle Herald: Tim Kaine to be honoured in Halifax
Chronicle Herald Staff

“Hillary Clinton’s recent running mate Tim Kaine is being honoured at the upcoming International Security Forum in Halifax just 11 days after they lost to Donald Trump in the U.S presidential election.”

In advance of HISF 2016 The National Post published in print and online a series of opinion pieces written by some of our 2016 participants. These pieces look at the challenges, and opportunities, facing the West today, and will feature in discussions all weekend long. Here is a review of what was printed this week:

The Jihadists Strike Back
Isabelle Lasserre

“In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is losing territory fast. The organization barely now controls 40 per cent of the 60,000 square kilometres it occupied in the region in October 2014. The disintegration of the caliphate installed on the land of the Sham — the old name for Syria — has led some to foretell its disappearance in the medium term. But this good news will not have as a consequence the end of Islamist terrorism.”

Free trade under fire
Michael Auslin

“A quarter-century ago, basking in the glow of its Cold War victory, America was faced with the question of reshaping its global role in a world no longer divided by an Iron Curtain. Neither the George H.W. Bush nor Bill Clinton administrations came up with a comprehensive new strategy, yet the debates of the time were awash in the optimism unleashed by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the emergence of the United States as the world’s ‘hyperpower.'”

Rethinking democracy
Robin Shepherd

“A great realignment is taking place. Change must be embraced by those elite democrats whose immediate instinct is to fear it. If not, it will become a tyrant’s revolution, not ours.”


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Press Releases

Canada Unveils New Defence Policy

WASHINGTON, DC – Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan released Canada’s new defence policy yesterday, entitled Strong, Secure, Engaged. This policy announcement is the…

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