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8:30-9:45 PLENARY 2: The Superpower’s Enduring Priorities: Trade, Justice and the American Way



  • Ms. Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, United States Pacific Command
  • Dr. Josef Joffe, Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit 
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

10:15-11:30 PLENARY 3Great Continent, Great Responsibility: Finding China’s RolePlenary-3


  • Professor Matake Kamiya, Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan, and Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs
  • Mr. Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP, and Director, India Foundation
  • Senator Dan Sullivan, Senator from Alaska, United States Senate
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Michael Auslin, Author, The End of the Asian Century

12:00-13:15 PLENARY 4: Because Syria: I’m Your Friendly Neighborhood TerroristPlenary-4


  • General John Allen (Ret.), Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, The Brookings Institution
  • The Hon. Ömer Çelik, Minister for European Union Affairs, Turkey
  • The Hon. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, France
  • Senator John McCain, Senator from Arizona, United States Senate
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Yalda Hakim, Correspondent, BBC World News

14:30-15:00 HALIFAX CHAT

SPEAKER: Senator John McCain, Senator from Arizona, United States Senate

MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Senior Advisor, Halifax International Security Forum

15:00-16:15 PLENARY 5NATO: NecessaryPlenary-5


  • Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia
  • The Hon. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator from New Hampshire, United States Senate
  • MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Senior Advisor, Halifax International Security Forum

16:45-17:45 PLENARY 6Climate Security, Energy Security and the Politics of Slow Moving Threats



  • Senator Chris Coons, Senator from Delaware, United States Senate
  • Mr. Ralf Fücks, President, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Germany
  • General Joseph Lengyel, Chief, United States National Guard Bureau
  • General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defence, Netherlands
  • Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security
  • Mr. Taylor Wilson, Nuclear Physicist, University of Nevada, Reno
  • MODERATOR: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University


Globe and Mail: Chance of Trump following through with campaign promises keeps Europe guessing

Mark MacKinnon

“The Defence Secretary, who will deliver a keynote speech at the Halifax International Security Forum that opens on Friday, says he expects a significant gap between Mr. Trump’s rhetoric to date and what the president-elect will actually do once in office. The message from London is: Give the new guy some time.”

Politico: Morning Defense

Jeremy Herb

“HAPPENING TODAY — HALIFAX SECURITY FORUM: The annual Halifax International Security Forum kicks off today in one of Morning D’s favorite parts of Canada. Among the bold-faced names headed north for the meetings that runs through the weekend: Sens. McCain, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), retired Gen. John Allen and James Baker, director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment. The full schedule is here.”

Daily Beast: General Who Thinks ‘It’s Fun to Shoot Some People’ Is Front-Runner for Trump’s Pentagon

Kimberly Dozier

“’I think one of the reasons why it would be good to have him is that he has recent combat experience in both theaters (Iraq and Afghanistan). So he really understands complex situations on the ground,” McCain told The Daily Beast, on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum.”

Defense News: Halifax Security Forum: Could Trump-Putin Relationship Foster Greater NATO Unity?

Jen Judson

“On whether Trump’s relationship with the Kremlin is materially hurting the alliance, Rose Goettemoeller, who has held her post for just five weeks, said at the Halifax International Security Forum Friday, “I think it’s driving the alliance closer together … and really making countries focus on this necessity of further expenditure on defense.”’

Toronto Star: Trump’s NATO commentary ‘nothing new,’ U.K. defence leader says

Michael Tutton

“The defence secretary of the United Kingdom and his Canadian counterpart kicked off an international security conference in Halifax today with reassurances they expect key military alliances will endure as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take power.”

Globe and Mail: NATO ‘eagerly waiting’ to hear from Trump and his team, general says

Steven Chase

‘“We witness different kind of statements during election periods [that] are not materialized after,” Gen. Pavel, chair of NATO’s military committee, said in an interview at the Halifax International Security Forum, an annual gathering of 70 countries on foreign affairs and defence matters.”

National Defense: Halifax International Security Forum Kicks Off

Yasmin Tadjdeh

“National security leaders from the United States and around the globe will soon convene in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the 8th annual Halifax International Security Forum. The purpose of the forum is to strengthen strategic cooperation among democracies, said Peter Van Praagh, the forum’s president.”

Global News: Global defence experts, politicians gather for Halifax International Security Forum

Global News Staff

“Political and military leaders are gathering in Halifax today for the start of an international foreign affairs and defence conference. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will open the annual three-day forum that bills itself as a gathering of democratic leaders committed to global security and prosperity.


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Press Releases

Canada Unveils New Defence Policy

WASHINGTON, DC – Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan released Canada’s new defence policy yesterday, entitled Strong, Secure, Engaged. This policy announcement is the…

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