About Us

About Halifax International Security Forum

Halifax International Security Forum is dedicated to strengthening strategic cooperation among democracies and is recognized as the leading gathering of democratic leaders committed to global security and prosperity. Setting the security agenda each November for the coming calendar year, the Forum convenes relevant and key leaders in an unscripted, intimate atmosphere over three days in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Forum brings together individuals on the ground who face consequential local threats, writers who challenge and influence the world’s thinking on security, and decision-makers who make the tough choices. The community that meets at Halifax represents more than 91 countries, yet is limited to 300 participants. Halifax International Security Forum is widely acknowledged by the international community as an essential annual meeting place.

Halifax International Security Forum is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC.


Our Mission

Defining security broadly, Halifax International Security Forum engages an approach that addresses today’s range of threats, from war, terrorism, cyber attacks, and nuclear proliferation to climate change, resource security, pandemics, and economic stability.

Halifax maintains that true security is only achieved when people enjoy the benefits of democracy, leading in turn to economic opportunity, and lasting peace.


Our History

With the generous support of the Canadian government, Halifax International Security Forum was founded in 2009 as a program within the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

In 2011, Halifax International Security Forum became an independent, non-profit organization and welcomed Foreign Affairs as its official media partner. The formation of the Halifax Canada Club in 2012 marked the beginning of a public-private partnership to provide long-term support for the work of Halifax International Security Forum.

Today, the Forum continues to advance greater strategic cooperation among the world’s democracies in order to address the most pressing international security challenges.