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Government of Canada and Foreign Affairs Announce 2011 Halifax Forum

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—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 that the global meeting of national security leaders will return to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the third consecutive year. Attendance at the 2011 conference is expected to exceed 300 and will draw high-level officials and thinkers from more than 40 nations around the world. “As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near, it is more important than ever that leaders of democratic nations and people with democratic values reflect on how the world has changed since 9/11—and how to address more recent events such as the toppling of dictatorships in the Middle East,” said Minister  MacKay, who will address the conference during the opening plenary on November 18. The 2011 Halifax International Security Forum will take place November 18-20 at the Westin Nova Scotian, and is made possible by a contribution from the Department of National Defence and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “The Forum presents a significant opportunity to demonstrate Atlantic Canada’s considerable assets and business opportunities to international opinion leaders,” said the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and La Francophonie.  “In addition, the meetings will generate immediate economic impact at a slow period in the conference season calendar.” As in previous years, the 2011 Halifax conference will serve as the global meeting place for decision makers and thought leaders from the military, politics, business and other sectors to come together to share ideas and solutions to the complex realities that create instability and conflict. The discussions will focus on critical security issues of the past year—and the past 10 years since 9/11—including the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, and the evolution of international security. Participants will also meet during off-the-record morning and evening sessions to address subjects including climate change, the rise of China, cyber conflict and the future of nuclear power. “Halifax brings together leaders from around the world to take a 360-degree view of 21st century threats and to work to enhance international security in a way that builds democracy, creates economic opportunity and promotes peace,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum. Notable past participants have included former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak; former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; U.S. Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; and U.S. Senators John McCain, Mark Udall and Lindsey Graham. And in 2011, Foreign Affairs—the foremost publication on American foreign policy and global affairs—will be the media partner for the event. “We are thrilled to be involved with the leading international security conference in North America,” said Foreign Affairs Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman. “The Halifax International Security Forum provides a unique forum for informed leaders to learn from each other, generate new ideas and put them into action.” For media accreditation to the conference, or to receive additional information, please contact

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