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2014 Agenda

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21                                        

15:00-15:15 INTRODUCTION
On the Record
SPEAKER: Mr. Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum

OPENING SPEECH
On the Record
The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, Canada

15:15-16:15
Fortress North America: How Glorious?  How Free?
On the Record
SPEAKERS: General Frank Grass, Chief, United States National Guard Bureau; General Charles Jacoby, Commander, United States Northern Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command; General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces; The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, Canada

MODERATOR: Mr. Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent, Global News

16:15-16:45 COFFEE BREAK

16:45-18:00 PLENARY 1
The Next Last Great War:  The Next Battle for Modernity
On the Record
SPEAKERS: Mr. M.J. Akbar, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party; H.E. Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Defense, Israel; Admiral Cecil Haney, Commander, United States Strategic Command; H.E. Toomas-Hendrik Ilves, President, Republic of Estonia

MODERATOR: Mr. Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

18:15 SHUTTLE TO PIER 21
LOCATION: Westin Lobby

18:30-19:00 RECEPTION
LOCATION: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

19:00-21:00 GALA DINNER WELCOME REMARKS
Presentation of the Halifax Builder Award

Mr. Bill McCaffrey, President and Chief Executive Officer, MEG Energy Corporation

21:30 NIGHT OWLS

The Enemy of My Enemy is . . . Iran
Off the Record
LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom

SPEAKERS: H.E. Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Defense, Israel; Dr. Jerrold Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy
MODERATOR: Mr. Paul Wells, Political Editor, Maclean’s

Hong Kong, China: One City, Two Visions
Off the Record
LOCATION: Harbour B

SPEAKERS: The Rt. Hon. Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Chairman, Cyber Security Advisory Panel to the Bank of England; Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security; H.E. Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration
MODERATOR:  Mr. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, and Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE & QuartzLIVE

Red is the New Orange: Ukraine, Russia, and the Future of Eurasian Democracy
Off the Record
LOCATION: Tradewinds
SPEAKERS: The Hon. Irakli Alasania, Former Minister of Defense, Georgia; The Hon. Carl Bildt, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden; Ms. Jill Dougherty, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
MODERATOR: The Hon. Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22                                  

6:00-8:30 BREAKFAST
LOCATION: Elements Dining Room at the Westin Nova Scotian

8:30-9:45 PLENARY 2
Is Winning Possible?  The Laws and Lawlessness of Asymmetric War
On the Record
SPEAKERS: The Hon. Irakli Alasania, Former Minister of Defense, Georgia; The Hon. Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of Foreign Relations Department, Kurdistan Regional Government; General Jean-Paul Paloméros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; General David Perkins, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

MODERATOR: Ms. Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC

9:45-10:15 COFFEE BREAK

10:15-11:30 PLENARY 3
Who Controls the Map?  Lost Innocents, Persistent Criminals, Depraved Terrorists
On the Record
SPEAKERS: Dr. Shlomo Avineri, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; General John Kelly, Commander, United States Southern Command; The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, Canada; The Hon. Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

MODERATOR: Ms. Kathleen Koch, Author, Journalist, and Founder, LeadersLink

11:30-12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00-13:15 PLENARY 4
O Say, Can’t You See? The Indispensable Role of the Exceptional Superpower
On the Record
SPEAKERS: The Hon. Tim Kaine, Senator (D-VA), United States; The Hon. John McCain, Senator (R-AZ), United States

MODERATOR: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

13:15-14:30 LUNCH

LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom

14:30-15:00 HALIFAX CHAT
On the Record
SPEAKER: H.E. Abdullah Gül, 11th President, Republic of Turkey

MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator

15:00-16:15 PLENARY 5
Get Smart:  Gaining Intelligence, Missing the Meaning
On the Record
SPEAKERS: Ms. Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC; The Hon. Jane Harman, Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; The Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Canada; Admiral Mike Rogers, Commander, United States Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency, Chief, Central Security Service 

MODERATOR: Mr. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, and Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE & QuartzLIVE

16:15-16:45 COFFEE BREAK

16:45-17:45 PLENARY 6
Africa Breaking Out
On the Record
SPEAKERS: Dr. Comfort Ero, Program Director, Africa, International Crisis Group; Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa, National Democratic Institute; Ms. Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia, United Nations; Mr. Japheth Omojuwa, Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

MODERATOR: Ms. Natalie Nougayrède, Columnist and Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Guardian

18:45 PRE-DINNER RECEPTION
Location: VIA Rail Station

19:30 DINNER SESSIONS
All Dinner Sessions Off the Record

Africa Rising, Revising
WITH: Dr. Peter Pham, Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council; Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, West Africa Editor, The Africa Report; Ms. Stella Sabiiti, International Trainer, Facilitator
HOSTED BY: Dr. Camille Grand, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research

All’s Fair in Love and (Hybrid) War
WITH: Mr. Øystein Bø, State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Norway; Mr. Pavol Demeš, Transatlantic Fellow, Bratislava Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States; The Hon. Philippe Errera, Undersecretary for Policy and Director of Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Defense, France
HOSTED BY: Ms. Rosa Brooks, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Anti-Israel or Anti-Semitic?
WITH:  The Hon. Werner Wnendt, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada; Dr. Dov Zakheim, Senior Fellow, Center for Naval Analyses

HOSTED BY: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator

Arctic:  Encounters on Top of the World
WITH: Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law, University of Northern British Columbia; Ms. Jill Sinclair, Executive Director – External Engagement and Partnerships, Department of National Defence, Canadian Defence Academy
HOSTED BY: Ms. Maryscott Greenwood, Senior Managing Director, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Asian Advances:  China’s Creeping Mission
WITH: Mr. Evan Garcia, Undersecretary of Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines; The Hon. Shingo Yamagami, Ambassador and Deputy Director-General, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
HOSTED BY: Dr. Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and Columnist, Wall Street Journal

Corruption and the Erosion of the Nation State
WITH: The Hon. Mohammed Abulahoum, Head, Justice and Building Party, Yemen; Dr. Luis Rubio, Chairman, Center of Research for Development

HOSTED BY: Ms. Jacqueline O’Neill, Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security

Coup D’emocracy:  Protecting Freedom at What Cost?
WITH: The Hon. Howard Dean, Former Governor of Vermont, Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP; Mr. Andrei Sannikov, Chairman, European Belarus Foundation

HOSTED BY: Dr. John Glenn, Policy Director, US Global Leadership Coalition

Democratic Asia:  The Call for Japanese-Korean Strategic Cooperation
WITH: Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi, Vice Minister of Defense, Japan; Dr. Sue Mi Terry, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
HOSTED BY: Mr. Dean Fealk, Partner, DLA Piper

Fading Attraction:  Europe’s Magnetic Pull
WITH: Mr. Peter Siklosi, State Secretary for Defense Policy and Defense Planning, Hungary; Mr. Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary, Germany

HOSTED BY: Mr. Randy Scheunemann, President, Orion Strategies

Frenemies:  Our Gulf Partners
WITH: Mr. James Baker, Principal Deputy Director, Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy and Strategist to the Chairman, United States Department of Defense; Mr. Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director, Samir Kassir Foundation
HOSTED BY: Mr. David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedom, McCain Institute for International Leadership

Lethal Listserves:  What Bad Guys Learn from Each Other
WITH: H.E. Eka Tkeshelashvili, President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies; General Petr Pavel, Chief of Defense, Czech Armed Forces
HOSTED BY: Ms. Heather Hurlburt, Director, New Models of Policy Advocacy Project, New America Foundation

Modi Operendi:  The New India
WITH: Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; Ms. Ira Trivedi, Author
HOSTED BY: Mr. W. Bruce Weinrod, Senior Counselor, Defense, Global Impact

Pipeline Corridors:  The Geopolitical Goals of Energy Infrastructure
WITH: The Hon. Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America; Mr. Vladimir Milov, President, Institute of Energy Policy; Mr. Peter Tertzakian, Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director, ARC Financial Corporation
HOSTED BY: Dr. Ian Brodie, Research Director, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Political Islam:  Political?  Islam?
WITH: Mr. Zaffar Abbas, Editor-in-Chief, Dawn; Mr. Scott Malcomson, Director of Communications, International Crisis Group
HOSTED BY: Dr. Janice Gross Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

(Re-)Visit Cuba
WITH: Mr. Antonio Rodiles, Director, Estado de SATS; Mr. Dan Runde, Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies
HOSTED BY: The Hon. Peter Boehm, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada

Sanctioning Reality:  The Outsized Role of Capital Markets
WITH: Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Founder, DRPM Group; The Hon. Ilya Ponomarev, State Representative, Russian Duma
HOSTED BY: Mr. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

Suffering from Withdrawal:  Afghanistan, Iraq
WITH: The Hon. Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of Foreign Relations Department, Kurdistan Regional Government; Dr. Ján Kubiš, Head, United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan
HOSTED BY: Ms. Julianne Smith, Senior Vice President, Beacon Global Strategies LLC and Former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President

Technology’s Role in Development and Peace
WITH: H.E. Toomas-Hendrik Ilves, President, Republic of Estonia; Mr. Scott Carpenter, Deputy Director, Google Ideas
HOSTED BY: Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ukraine’s Dysfunction, NATO’s Function?
WITH: Mr. James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Mr. Ralf Fücks, President, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
HOSTED BY: The Hon. Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23                                

7:00 5K RUN with Canadian Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson
LOCATION: Westin Lobby

9:00-10:15 BREAKFAST SESSIONS

Degrade and Destroy: ISIL and the Future of the Arab World
Off the Record
LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom

SPEAKER: General John Allen (Ret.), Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Against ISIL, United States Department of State
MODERATOR: Ms. Susan Bonner, Host, World at 6, CBC Radio One

Latin Lessons: The Role of the Americas in Global Security
Off the Record
LOCATION: Tradewinds
SPEAKERS: Dr. Mauricio Meschoulam, Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana; Mr. Juan Nagel, Editor, Caracas Chronicles; Mr. David Smolansky, Mayor, El Hatillo Municipality, Venezuela
MODERATOR: Dr. Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society and Council of the Americas

10:30-11:45 PLENARY 7
Wanted:  Food, Energy, Water – A FEW Good Resources
On the Record

SPEAKERS: Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy; Mr. Vladimir Milov, President, Institute of Energy Policy; Mr. Peter Tertzakian, Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director, ARC Financial Corporation
MODERATOR: Mr. Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

11:45-12:15 COFFEE BREAK

12:15-13:30 PLENARY 8
The New Propagandists:  The Battle for the Narrative
On the Record

SPEAKERS: The Hon. Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety, Canada; H.E. Mikhail Kasyanov, Former Prime Minister of Russia, Co-Leader, Republican Party of People’s Freedom; Mr. Saad Mohseni, Chairman and CEO, Moby Group; The Hon. Frances Townsend, Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal, and Business Affairs, MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc.
MODERATOR: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University

13:30-14:30 CLOSING LUNCH
LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom