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Halifax International Security Forum Announces Dates of the 2017 Forum

WASHINGTON, DC – Halifax International Security Forum announced today that the 9th annual Halifax International Security Forum will take place November 17-19, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Halifax International Security Forum Releases 2016 Topical Agenda

Washington, DC—Halifax International Security Forum today released the draft Topical Agenda for this year’s Forum to be held November 18-20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Halifax International Security Forum Congratulates Senator Tim Kaine

Washington, DC—Senator Tim Kaine, Co-Chair of the Halifax International Security Forum’s annual Congressional Delegation, was confirmed Wednesday as the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States.

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Halifax International Security Forum Hosts Canada’s Defence Ministerial Advisory Panel

WASHINGTON, DC—Halifax International Security Forum was proud to host Canada’s Defence Ministerial Advisory Panel on Wednesday, June 22 for a private, off-the-record discussion with members of the Halifax Agenda Working Group and other friends of the Forum. The Defence Ministerial Advisory Panel was in Washington to conduct meetings with US stakeholders as part of their public consultations for the Defence Policy Review.

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Halifax International Security Forum Hosts Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan

WASHINGTON, DC—Halifax International Security Forum was pleased to host Harjit Sajjan, Canadian Minister of National Defence, on Thursday, May 12 for a private, off-the-record briefing with members of the Halifax Agenda Working Group and other friends of the Forum.

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Halifax International Security Forum Hosts Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff General J.H. Vance

WASHINGTON, DC—Halifax International Security Forum was pleased to host General J.H. Vance, Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff, on Wednesday, March 23 for a private, off-the-record briefing with members of the Halifax Agenda Working Group and other friends of the Forum.

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U.S.-Canada relationship the envy of the World

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Watching the bright red and white wave of Canadian flags that decorated this city’s downtown boulevards in honour of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit last week was an exceptional experience. Now that the flags and decorations have been taken down, it is up to Canadians and Americans alike to grasp meaning from it all.

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Halifax International Security Forum Announces Dates of the 2016 Forum

WASHINGTON, DC – Halifax International Security Forum announced today that the 8th Halifax International Security Forum will take place November 18-20, 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The annual Forum brings together democratic security leaders from more than 60 countries to address the most pressing international security challenges.

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2015 Halifax International Security Forum Comes to a Close

Halifax, Nova Scotia – President of the Halifax International Security Forum, Peter Van Praagh, was joined by Canadian Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Harjit Sajjan, to officially close the 7th annual Forum this afternoon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “I thank Minister Harjit Sajjan and all of our panelists and participants for their important contributions to this year’s Forum. The Halifax International Security Forum is indispensable - especially in the face of the attack on Paris," said Peter Van Praagh. “We offer an opportunity for defense leaders from around the world to come together in thoughtful and provocative discussions about our shared interests in promoting global security and democracy.”

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Advisory: Canadian Defence Minister to Close 2015 Halifax International Security Forum

(Halifax, Nova Scotia) – The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Canadian Minister of National Defence, and Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum, will participate in a press conference to close the 7th annual Halifax International Security Forum.

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Opening Remarks: Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum (2015)

Paris. Paris est la ville qui nous inspire. Paris est la ville qui réveille nos sens et nos passions. Paris est cosmopolite, el élégante. Paris est une inspiration musicale et artisteque dans nos vies. Paris est la gardienne de la culture. Paris est la ville qui protège l’imagination du monde. Il y a soixante-dix ans, les parisiens célébraient la libération de leur ville de la tyrannie des nazis. Il y a sept jours, des parisiens ont été assassinés par un nouveau groupe de tyrans. Quant ils attaquent Paris, ils attaquent la l’humanité toute entière.

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Advisory: Canadian Defence Minister to Open Halifax International Security Forum

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Canadian Minister of National Defence and Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum, will participate in a press conference to open the 7th annual Halifax International Security Forum.

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HALIFAX INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORUM RELEASES AGENDA

The Halifax International Security Forum released the agenda today for this year’s Forum to be held November 20-22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The mix of on-the-record plenary sessions and smaller, off-the-record discussions address the consequence and implications of the terror attacks in Paris and cover a wide range of security and defense issues.

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7th Annual Halifax International Security Forum Gathers in Wake of Terrorist Attacks on Paris

Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris will be front-and-center as international defense and security leaders from around the world meet this weekend for the Halifax International Security Forum. Canada’s new Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, will be hosting high-ranking delegates from 60 countries to this year’s Forum. Participants include The Honourable Kent Hehr, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence; Robert Work, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense; General John Vance, Canadian Chief of Defence Staff; and, Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the U.S. National Security Agency.

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Halifax International Security Forum Welcomes Canada's New Cabinet

Washington, DC – The Halifax International Security Forum welcomes the cabinet of Canada’s new government, which was sworn in today by Governor General David Johnston. “We applaud Prime Minister Trudeau for appointing such a strong and diverse team of leaders to cabinet,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum. “And we congratulate all of the women and men who have been appointed Ministers of the Crown and look forward to welcoming leaders of the new government to Halifax later this month.”

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Halifax International Security Forum Congratulates Trudeau

Washington, DC—Halifax International Security Forum today congratulated Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on winning Monday’s federal general election. “We applaud Mr. Trudeau and his team for their outstanding campaign,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum. "And we look forward to welcoming Canada's new government to Halifax International Security Forum next month." The 2015 Forum will be held November 20-22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now in its seventh year, the annual meeting addresses the most important security issues for Canada and for the world by bringing together leaders from over 60 countries.

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Halifax International Security Forum Releases 2015 Topical Agenda

Washington, DC—Halifax International Security Forum today released the draft Topical Agenda for this year’s Forum to be held November 20-22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The mix of on-the-record plenary sessions and smaller, off-the-record sessions covers a wide range of security issues affecting individuals and families on every continent.

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Halifax International Security Forum and The McCain Institute Host Georgian Defense Minister, H.E. Tinatin Khidasheli

WASHINGTON, DC—Halifax International Security Forum and The McCain Institute for International Leadership today welcomed H.E. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defense of Georgia, for a small, off-the-record conversation, held at the office of the Halifax International Security Forum. A former civil society activist, Minister Khidasheli was appointed as Georgia’s Minister of Defense on May 1, 2015, becoming the country’s first female defense minister. The event was moderated and hosted by Mr. David J. Kramer, Member of the Halifax Board of Directors and Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at The McCain Institute, and Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director of The McCain Institute.

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Halifax International Security Forum Launches Agenda Working Group Speaker Series with SOUTHCOM’s General John Kelly

WASHINGTON, DC—Halifax International Security Forum was pleased to host General John F. Kelly, Commander of the United States Southern Command, on Thursday, July 23 for a private, off-the-record briefing with members of the Halifax Agenda Working Group.

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Halifax International Security Forum Thanks The Honourable Peter MacKay

WASHINGTON, DC – Mr. Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum, today issued the following statement regarding the Honourable Peter MacKay’s announcement on Friday, May 29, 2015 that he would not seek reelection. “Halifax International Security Forum thanks the Honourable Peter MacKay for his vision for and his leadership of the Halifax International Security Forum."

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Statement by the President of the Halifax International Security Forum Regarding Changes to the Canadian Cabinet

WASHINGTON, DC – Mr. Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum, today issued the following statement on changes to the Canadian cabinet: “The Halifax International Security Forum and the Canadian government, through the Department of National Defence and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, have forged a strong partnership over the past six years with a common goal of advancing a modern vision of security that builds democracy, creates opportunity, and promotes peace. Halifax International Security Forum is now considered by many to be a key strategic Canadian asset.

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Halifax International Security Forum Announces Dates of the 2015 Forum

WASHINGTON, DC – The 2015 Halifax International Security Forum will take place November 20-22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now in its seventh year, the annual Forum features democratic leaders and thinkers who gather to address the most pressing international security challenges. “We are proud that at the end of each calendar year, democratic leaders from around the world travel to Halifax to set priorities about international security into the new year,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.

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The 2014 Halifax International Security Forum Concludes

HALIFAX, NS –The 2014 Halifax International Security Forum has united individuals who are on the ground facing consequential local threats, writers who challenge and influence the world’s thinking on security, and decision-makers who make the tough choices. These individuals completed a successful conference today and set the security agenda for the upcoming year.

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Statement by the President of the Halifax International Security Forum on ISIL’s propaganda video and the use of the #HISF2014

Halifax, NS – Statement by Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum, about ISIL’s distribution of propaganda to Forum participants over social media: “ISIS is using our Forum’s hashtag, #HISF2014, to circulate a propaganda video featuring a British captive, John Cantlie. We understand that ISIL is also sending messages to participants and staff of this Forum.

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Opening Remarks by Peter Van Praagh, 2014 Halifax International Security Forum

Your Excellencies, Ministers, Members of the Congressional Delegation, Distinguished Officers, Ladies and Gentlemen, colleagues, and friends. My name is Peter Van Praagh, and on behalf of everybody who has worked to put this forum together for you, welcome to Halifax.

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Democratic Leaders Set the Security Agenda at the 6th Annual Halifax International Security Forum

WASHINGTON, DC – The world’s leading thinkers on security and international affairs are meeting at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Canada against the backdrop of serious global security issues which include efforts in Iraq, Russian activities in Eastern Ukraine, the proliferation of nuclear technologies, the spread of Ebola and the rise of homegrown terror. The 6th annual Halifax International Security Forum brings together individuals who are on the ground facing consequential local threats, writers who challenge and influence the world’s thinking on security and decision-makers who make the tough choices.

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The Halifax International Security Forum and Ipsos Release Global Polling Data

Washington, DC – On the eve of the 6th annual Forum taking place from 21 – 23 November in Halifax, Canada, the Halifax International Security Forum and Ipsos, the leading global market and opinion research firm, are releasing new findings about global views of today's crises. The views from citizens in 24 countries include perspectives on the threat of the Islamic State, Ebola, and renewed armed conflicts as well as views on Canadian and American leadership to address these crises.

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The Halifax International Security Forum Releases the 2014 Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – The sixth annual Halifax International Security Forum is taking place in Halifax, Canada from November 21st – 23rd, 2014. The largest US congressional delegation to set foot in Canada, led by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), as well as international security leaders from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are convening for three days of substantive discussions. “As leaders grapple with the significant developments and disappointments of the past year, now is the time for a real conversation about the actions democratic leaders can and should take in confronting terrorists, disrupting non-state actors and challenging aggressive regimes that discard international norms,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Halifax International Security Forum Prepares to Welcome Three-Hundred Participants from Sixty Countries

WASHINGTON, DC -- The largest US congressional delegation to set foot in Canada, led by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), and international security leaders from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East will be hosted by Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, and Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, at the 6th annual Halifax International Security Forum.

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Statement from the Halifax International Security Forum Regarding the Attacks in Ottawa, Canada

WASHINGTON, DC – Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum, today made the following statement regarding attacks in the Canadian capital: “I am saddened and angered by reports out of Ottawa, Canada today that its national parliament and war memorial were intentionally attacked.” "The terrorist attacks in Ottawa will, sadly, create a new normal in the Canadian capital, and perhaps across the country.

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Halifax International Security Forum Releases Draft Topical Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – The Halifax International Security Forum today released the draft Topical Agenda for this year’s event that will be held November 21 – 23 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “This agenda, for the 2014 Halifax International Security Forum, reflects the severe challenges that democratic nations are facing this year,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Halifax International Security Forum Announces Dates of the 2014 Forum

WASHINGTON, DC – The 2014 Halifax International Security Forum will take place November 21-23 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now in its sixth year, the annual Forum features democratic leaders and thinkers who gather to address the most pressing international security challenges.

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The Fifth Annual Halifax International Security Forum Concludes

Halifax, NS – Today marks the successful conclusion of engaging discussions amongst democratic thinkers at the 2013 Halifax International Security Forum. For the past three days, democratic leaders, business leaders, military strategists, security experts and members of the media joined together in an intimate setting to discuss international relations and pressing security challenges.

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Participants From Six Continents Open the 5th Annual Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX, NS – Today, the most prolific thinkers on international security, decision-makers, military experts and writers joined together in Halifax, Canada to open the fifth annual Halifax International Security Forum, one of the most significant forums in the world.

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Canadian Government Invests in Five More Years of the Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX, NS – Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) together with Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum, announced the Canadian government is extending its investment in the Halifax International Security Forum, one of the most significant security forums in the world, through to 2018. The five year, $9.8 million investment builds on the Canadian government’s previous commitment, as well as private sector investments, and helps bring together informed leaders from government, military, business and media to consider international security threats.

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Strengthening Alliances in an Isolationist World

Washington, DC - Citizens surveyed from 24 countries overwhelmingly believe their countries should focus less on the world and more on problems at home, according to a poll released today by the Halifax International Security Forum on the eve of the fifth annual security conference. Eight in ten (78%) of global respondents agree that given the difficult economic issues in their country today, their country needs to focus less on the world, including 75% of Canadians and 88% of Americans.

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Leaders of the 2013 Halifax International Security Forum

Washington, DC – Democratic leaders from around the world, including US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, a large US congressional delegation led by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a Canadian delegation that includes Minister Rob Nicholson, Minister Peter MacKay, Minister John Baird and Minister Steven Blaney, military leaders, business leaders, security experts and members of the media, are joining together to discuss international peace and security at the 2013 Halifax International Security Forum, held 22 – 24 November in Halifax, Canada.

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Canadian Ministers Lead the Conversation at the Halifax Forum

Washington, DC – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will lead a Canadian delegation of military, diplomatic and security professionals to the Halifax International Security Forum, being held from the 22nd – 24th November, 2013.

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Minister Nicholson and Secretary Hagel lead the 2013 Halifax Forum

Washington, DC – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Canadian Minister of National Defence, will host American Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, at the fifth annual Halifax International Security Forum.

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Halifax International Security Forum Releases Draft Topical Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – The Halifax International Security Forum today released the draft Topical Agenda for this year’s event that will be held November 22 – 24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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HFX Forum President Makes Statement on Changes to the Canadian Cabinet

WASHINGTON, DC – Mr. Peter Van Praagh, the President of the Halifax International Security Forum, today issued the following statement on changes to the Canadian cabinet:

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HFX Forum President Delivers Keynote To Permanent Joint Board on Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peter Van Praagh, the President of Halifax International Security Forum, delivered the keynote address in Washington Monday night to members of the Permanent Joint Board on Defense (PJBD) the highest-level bilateral defense and security forum between the United States and Canada.

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Gov. of Canada, MEG Energy and Halifax Forum Launch Halifax Canada Club

Washington, DC—The Halifax International Security Forum together with the Government of Canada and MEG Energy today announced the creation of a new public-private partnership, the Halifax Canada Club, to ensure that world leaders continue their work toward mutual understanding and joint action at the annual Halifax International Security Forum.

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Minister Peter MacKay Announces Dates for the 2012 Forum

WASHINGTON, DC—The fourth Halifax International Security Forum will take place November 16-18, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 2012 Halifax International Security Forum will once again bring together informed and engaged security leaders from more than 40 countries to create thought-provoking conversations and inspire meaningful action. Foreign Affairs magazine will again serve as the Media Partner at Halifax.

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HALIFAX 2011 CONCLUDES: "COOPERATION AND CREATIVITY" KEY THEMES

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—November 20, 2011—Leaders from more than 40 countries concluded three days of discussions at the Halifax International Security Forum, which brought together more than 300 decision-makers and experts to address dozens of topics on the international agenda.

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Quotable Quotes—2011 Forum

“I don’t think we’re ever going to be in a position where we can say this is the template, this is the checklist, that must be met [for intervention].” –Canadian Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay

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More Global Engagement, Not Less

By John K. Glenn and Jonathan Tepperman As the global financial crisis rages on, European leaders bicker endlessly, the Middle East seethes, China flexes its muscles, and Washington debates cutting defense spending and foreign aid budgets and withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, politicians and publics around the world are starting to worry--with good reason--about a global leadership vacuum.

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FIRST HALIFAX/IPSOS GLOBAL SNAPSHOT SURVEY: 24-NATION POLL SHOWS PUBLIC TORN BETWEEN GREATER INVOLVEMENT IN THE WORLD, MORE FOCUS AT HOME DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—As decision-makers and experts on international security gathered in Halifax to take stock of an historic year in international affairs—and strategize about challenges ahead—a survey of people in 24 countries found the public is most torn between a desire for greater international involvement by their countries, and a need to focus more attention at home. Click here to download the full press release Click here to download complete findings from Ipsos’ Global Snapshot Survey

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World’s Security Leaders Convene in Halifax to Tackle Pressing Issues

Leaders from more than 40 countries will gather this week at the Halifax International Security Forum to discuss what’s next in “Arab Spring” nations, implications of the global financial crisis, the future of NATO, and other top issues affecting international security today.

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U.S. Senators John McCain and Mark Udall to Lead Delegation to Halifax

Halifax International Security Forum announced today that U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mark Udall (D-CO) will join the Honourable Peter MacKay, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, at Halifax International Security Forum November 18-20.

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Leon Panetta, U.S. Secretary of Defense, to Attend 2011 Forum

The Honorable Leon Panetta, U.S. Secretary of Defense, will join the Honourable Peter MacKay, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, and other thoughtful and engaged leaders at the 2011 Halifax International Security Forum.

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Government of Canada and Foreign Affairs Announce 2011 Halifax Forum

On September 6, Canada’s Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay and Foreign Affairs Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman, together with the Halifax International Security Forum, announced the upcoming global meeting of national security leaders in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Minister MacKay on CBC's Power and Politics

Canadian Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay talks about Halifax Forum with Evan Solomon on CBC's Power and Politics.

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Canadian Entrepreneur Draws Inspiration from Forum

Barb Stegemann, CEO of the Canadian company The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc, has launched a new product line of essential oils developed by local farmers in Afghanistan and Haiti. She drew inspiration for the idea while participating in the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Peter Van Praagh on U.S. Role in the World

"Ideas and technology that were made in the USA have created a world where individual human beings, through their ability to instantly communicate ideas and actions, now have more of an impact on the decisions of their political leaders than ever before," writes Halifax President Peter Van Praagh in a publication for the 2010 Halifax Forum.

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Shlomo Avineri on Israel and the Quest for Peace

"When the United Nations General Assembly voted on November 29, 1947, to partition British Mandatory Palestine into two states — a Jewish and an Arab state — joint American and Soviet support for this policy represented an extraordinary case of Great Power concordance at a time when the emerging Cold War was beginning to determine international relations," writes Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in a publication for the 2010 Halifax Forum.

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