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2016-MorningBriefAgenda Look Ahead

10:00 – Closing Press Conference

The Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum will conclude the 2016 Forum with closing remarks for the press. 

10:30 – 11:45 PLENARY 7: Spies Love Us: Protecting Information in the Age of Openness




  • 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

12:15-13:30 PLENARY 8Return of the Nation State




  • 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


Politico: McCain warns Trump on torture, waterboarding
Michael Crowley

“Republican Sen. John McCain issued a fiery warning to President-elect Donald Trump on the subject of torture Saturday. “I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do. We will not waterboard,” McCain told an audience at the annual Halifax International Security Forum. ‘We will not torture people … It doesn’t work.’”

Defense News: Ukraine Vice PM: Less US Support Dangerous to Region’s Stability
Jen Judson

“This equilibrium, if it is ruined, then it could actually lead to drastic consequences in other parts of the world,” Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the vice prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, told Defense News in an interview Saturday at the Halifax International Security Forum.”

The Hill: McCain warns Trump on waterboarding
Mallory Shelbourne

“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushed back on President-elect Donald Trump’s past praise for waterboarding Saturday, maintaining that the U.S. wouldn’t use it as an interrogation tactic. ‘I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do … we will not waterboard,’ McCain said at the Halifax International Security Forum, according to reporters.”

Toronto Star: Opposing views on Donald Trump take main stage at Halifax security conference
Michael Tutton

“Views differed sharply on the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on issues from trade to historic alliances during the second day of an international gathering seized by what-if scenarios regarding the incoming U.S. administration. The Halifax International Security Forum is the first major international gathering of policy analysts, American and foreign politicians, and defence ministers since Trump won the U.S. election.”

Defense News: McCain Reiterates Plan For Syria As Trump Plan Remains Unknown
Jen Judson

“Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., reiterated his plan for Syria at the Halifax International Security Forum Saturday, which includes establishing a no-fly zone and putting US boots on the ground at a time when US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan remains unknown or non-existent.”

Halifax Chronicle Herald: Generals sound alarm over climate change
Fram Dinshaw

“Top-ranking military officers are warning that climate change could severely impact global security as sea levels rise and prolonged droughts grip poorer nations. Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday, Dutch General Tom Middendorp warned that climate change is fuelling war worldwide.”

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