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2015 Agenda

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

 
15:00-15:15  – Introduction (ON THE RECORD)

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

Opening Speech (ON THE RECORD)

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

15:15-16:15 – New Canadian Ideas.  Same Old World? (ON THE RECORD
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Produced for Canadian TV Show “The West Block” with Tom Clark 

SPEAKERS:

  • General John Allen, Ret., Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution
  • Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander, North American Aerospace and Defense Command and United States Northern Command
  • The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada
  • Dr. Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • 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

16:45-18:00 PLENARY 1: Cooperate, Contain, or Conquer:  Prioritizing Strategy 70 Years On (ON THE RECORD)

SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defense, Georgia
  • The Hon. Tzipi Livni, Co-Leader, Zionist Union Party and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel
  • The Hon. Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri, Minister of National Defense, Colombia
  • The Hon. Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense
  • MODERATOR: Dr. 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 


Presentation of the Builder Award – The Hon. Peter MacKay, PC, QC

21:30 NIGHT OWLS (ALL NIGHT OWLS ARE OFF THE RECORD)

China’s Bottom Line:  A Dim Sum
LOCATION: Harbour B
SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Toshiro Iijima, Ambassador in charge of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • Dr. John Lee, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • The Rt. Hon. Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Chairman, Bank of England, Cyber Security Advisory Panel
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Joshua Rogin, Columnist, Bloomberg View, and Political Analyst, CNN

Mullahs with Moolah:  The World After the Iran Deal
LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom
SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Paul Salem, Vice President for Policy and Research, Middle East Institute
  • Dr. Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Senior Fellow, CNA
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Josef Joffe, Editor, Die Zeit

Putin Rules by Putin’s Rules
LOCATION: Tradewinds
SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Niels Annen, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, SPD Parliamentary Group, Bundestag, Germany
  • General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • The Hon. Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Minister of Defense, Montenegro
  • MODERATOR: The Hon. Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

6:00-8:30 BREAKFAST

LOCATION: Elements Dining Room at the Westin Nova Scotian

8:30-9:45 PLENARY 2
: Breaking Rules:  Discipline or Disorder in the Global Playground (ON THE RECORD)

SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Tim Kaine, Senator (D-VA), United States
  • Ms. Isabelle Lasserre, Associate Editor, Le Figaro
  • General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • The Hon. Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

9:45-10:15 COFFEE BREAK

10:15-11:30 PLENARY 3
: Breaking Tradition:  Modern Muslims Advance (ON THE RECORD)

SPEAKERS:

  • Mr. Mohammed Abulahoum, Head, Justice and Building Party, Yemen
  • Mr. Yusuf Müftüoğlu, Senior Advisor, Macro Advisory Partners
  • Dr. Alaa Murabit, Founding President, Voice of Libyan Women
  • Mr. Ahmed Rashid, Journalist
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Yalda Hakim, Presenter, Impact, and Correspondent, BBC World News

11:30-12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00-13:15: Introduction to Asia-Pacific Security Challenges (ON THE RECORD) 

SPEAKER: Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, United States Pacific Command

PLENARY 4
: Broken China:  Handle with Care (ON THE RECORD)

SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Antonio Carpio, Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines
  • Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security
  • Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander, United States Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
  • Dr. Russell Trood, Professor International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC

13:15-14:30 LUNCH

LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom

14:30-15:00 HALIFAX CHAT
 (ON THE RECORD)

SPEAKER: General John Allen, Ret., Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution
MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator

15:00-16:15 PLENARY 5
: The American Fix:  Best Dosage for Optimal Results (ON THE RECORD)

SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Jane Harman, Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
  • Mr. Garry Kasparov, Chairman, United Civil Front
  • The Hon. Chris Murphy, Senator (D-CT), United States
  • Ms. Lina Sinjab, Middle East Correspondent, BBC News
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator

16:15-16:45 COFFEE BREAK

16:45-17:45 PLENARY 6
: Responsibility to Welcome:  Yours.  Mine.  Ours. (ON THE RECORD)


SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
  • Mr. Mark Hetfield, President and Chief Executive Officer, HIAS
  • The Hon. Mimi Kodheli, Minister of Defense, Albania
  • The Hon. Selcuk Unal, Ambassador of Turkey to Canada
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Kathleen Koch, Author, Journalist, and Founder, LeadersLink

18:30 PRE-DINNER RECEPTION

Location: VIA Rail Station

19:30-21:30 DINNER SESSIONS 
(ALL SESSIONS OFF THE RECORD)


Arctic Rivalries
WITH:

  • Mr. Colin Robertson, Vice President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. David J. Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

From Athens to Brussels:  Europe on the Line
WITH:

  • The Hon. Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
  • The Hon. Zoran Jolevski, Minister of Defense, Macedonia
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Francois Lafond, Executive Director, EuropaNova

Being Israel
WITH:

  • The Hon. Tzipi Livni, Co-Leader, Zionist Union Party and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel
  • Mr. Gerald Steinberg, Professor, Political Studies, Bar llan University, and President and Founder, NGO Monitor
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator

Climate:  Warming Up for Paris
WITH:

  • Dr. Gal Luft, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
  • General Gerson Menandro Garcia De Freitas, Chief of Strategic Affairs of the Joint Staff, Ministry of Defense, Federative Republic of Brazil
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Darrell Bricker, Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Global Public Affairs

Come Together?  The Case for a United Korea
WITH:

  • Dr. Matake Kamiya, Professor of International Relations, National Defense University
  • Dr. Sue Mi Terry, Managing Director, BowerGroupAsia
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Randy Scheunemann, President, Orion Strategies

The Cuban Thaw and the Future of Latin American Democracy
WITH:

  • Mr. Antonio Rodiles, Director, State of SATS
  • Dr. Christopher Sabatini, Founder and Executive Director, Global Americans, and Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Luis Rubio, Chairman, Center of Research for Development

From India to Japan:  The Importance of Democratic Asia
WITH:

  • The Hon. Toshiro Iijima, Ambassador in charge of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • H.E. Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Daniel Twining, Senior Fellow for Asia, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Making Peace:  Lessons from Colombia
WITH:

  • Lieutenant General Joseph DiSalvo, Military Deputy Commander, United States Southern Command
  • The Hon. Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri, Minister of National Defense, Colombia
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

The Next Wave of Attack:  Terror on the Trains
WITH:

  • Dr. Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Dr. Alexis Wichowski, Director of Research and Communication, Harmony Institute
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Dean Fealk, Partner and Group Chair, DLA Piper

Post-American Stress Disorder:  From Afghanistan to ISIS
WITH:

  • Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. James H. Baker, Director, Office of Net Assessment, United States Office of the Secretary of Defense

Qui est Charlie?  Europe’s Integration Problem
WITH:

  • Dr. Camille Grand, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
  • Dr. Jackson Janes, President, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
  • Mr. Péter Siklósi, Deputy Secretary of Defense Policy and Planning, Ministry of Defense, Hungary
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. John Glenn, Policy Director, US Global Leadership Coalition

Ruling the Waves:  China Whets its Dream
WITH:

  • Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy
  • Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi, Former Vice Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Japan
  • Admiral Nirmal Verma, Ret., Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, United States Naval War College
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Stopping Traffic: Ending the Modern Slave Trade
WITH:

  • Ms. Yalda Hakim, Presenter, Impact, and Correspondent, BBC World News
  • Ms. Cindy McCain, Co-Chair of the Arizona Task Force on Human Trafficking, The McCain Institute for International Leadership
  • HOSTED BY: The Hon. Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Terror Plots, Meet Covert Ops
WITH:

  • Dr. Jean-François Ratelle, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. W. Bruce Weinrod, Senior Counsel, Global Impact

Turkey’s Tough Neighborhood
WITH:

  • Ms. Ellen Laipson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stimson Center
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute

Ukraine’s Tug of War
WITH:

  • The Hon. Ilya Ponomarev, Deputy, Novosibirsk, State Duma, Russian Federation
  • The Hon. Vadym Prystaiko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine
  • Mr. Andrei Sannikov, Chairman, European Belarus Foundation
  • HOSTED BY: The Hon. Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Unhelpful Help:  The Saudi Model
WITH:

  • Dr. Bessma Momani, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo
  • General Amos Yadlin, Ret., Director, Institute for National Security Studies
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Jerrold Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy

What’s New with Nukes
WITH:

  • Dr. Yoko Iwama, Professor of International Relations, National Graduate Institute for Policy 
  • Mr. Nicolas Roche, Director for Strategy and Policy, Military Applications Division, French Atomic Energy Commission
  • Mr. Taylor Wilson, Nuclear Physicist, University of Nevada, Reno
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22

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

9:00-10:15 BREAKFAST SESSIONS (ALL SESSIONS OFF THE RECORD)

Inclusive Security:  Winning With Women
LOCATION: Harbour B
SPEAKERS:

  • General John Allen, Ret., Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution
  • Ms. Smadar Perry, Middle East Senior Editor, Yediot Ahronot
  • General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Ms. Amira Yahyaoui, Founder and Executive Director, Center 247
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Jacqueline O’Neill, Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security

Cheap Energy, Pricey Consequences
LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom
SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. John Barrasso, Senator (R-WY), United States
  • Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, Chair, 2016 World Energy Congress Organizing Committee, World Energy Council
  • Mr. Laurent Ruseckas, Senior Advisor, Eurasian Gas, IHS Energy
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
10:30-11:45 PLENARY 7: Hi-Tech, Bio-Tech:  Unleashing Known Unknowns (ON THE RECORD)

SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Brian Gallant, Premier, New Brunswick
  • Ms. Annie Jacobsen, Investigative Journalist and Author
  • General David Perkins, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Dr. Heather Roff, Research Scientist, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic; Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE & QuartzLIVE

11:45-12:15 COFFEE BREAK

12:15-13:30 PLENARY 8
: Financing Terror:  Selling Drugs, Enslaving Women, Making Money (ON THE RECORD)


SPEAKERS:

  • The Hon. Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • The Hon. Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Ms. Cindy McCain, Co-Chair of the Arizona Task Force on Human Trafficking, The McCain Institute for International Leadership
  • Mr. Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director, Samir Kassir Foundation
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University

13:30-14:30 CLOSING LUNCH

LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom

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