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Halifax International Security Forum Releases 2015 Topical Agenda

Annual Global Meeting to Focus on Threats to Democracy


September 30, 2015

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. 

Since 2009, beginning with the first Halifax International Security Forum, the subjects covered at the November gathering have more often than not proven to be prescient in terms of issues the international security community would be focused on the following year.  In November 2013, for example, the plenary “Free Radicals With Return Tickets” addressed publicly the critical issue of Western youth joining radical terrorist organizations in increasing numbers prior to this becoming a major story followed by international media.  Similarly, in November 2014, the Forum’s panel “(Re-)Visit Cuba” forecast to keen observers the thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States.

This year will be no different.  “All year long, we consult closely with democratic governments around the world to identify the real and complicated threats to a modern world,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum.  “Once identified, we create the agenda for necessary conversations that lead to concrete cooperation and results.”

While the titles of the panels are meant to provoke reaction, the issues they address are both timely and serious.  

The Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group meets through the summer months to complete the agenda.  To ensure that the agenda is exactly relevant to all of its participants from around the world, the final version of the Halifax Agenda will be released just prior to the Forum. 

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 military and political decision-makers who make the tough choices.  

Halifax International Security Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC.  


Plenary Sessions (On-the-Record)

  • Cooperate, Contain, or Conquer:  Prioritizing Strategy 70 Years On
  • Breaking Rules:  Discipline or Disorder in the Global Playground
  • Breaking Tradition:  Modern Muslims Advance
  • Broken China:  Handle with Care
  • The American Fix:  Best Dosage for Optimal Results
  • Responsibility to Welcome:  Yours.  Mine.  Ours.
  • Hi-Tech, Bio-Tech:  Unleashing Known Unknowns
  • Financing Terror:  Selling Drugs, Enslaving Women, Making Money 

Small Group Sessions (Off-the-Record)

  • Arctic Rivalries
  • From Athens to Brussels:  Europe on the Line
  • Being Israel
  • Betting on the African Union
  • Cheap Energy, Pricey Consequences
  • China’s Bottom Line:  A Dim Sum
  • Climate:  Warming Up for Paris
  • Come Together?  The Case for a United Korea
  • The Cuban Thaw and the Future of Latin American Democracy
  • (Cyber) Rulers of the World
  • Eurasian Futures:  The Sino-Russian Axis 
  • Inclusive Security:  Winning With Women
  • From India to Japan:  The Importance of Democratic Asia
  • Making Peace:  Lessons from Colombia
  • Mullahs with Moolah:  The World After the Iran Deal
  • The Next Wave of Attack:  Terror on the Trains
  • Nigeria’s Next Steps
  • Post-American Stress Disorder:  From Afghanistan to ISIS
  • Putin Rules by Putin’s Rules
  • Qui est Charlie?  Europe’s Integration Problem 
  • Ruling the Waves:  China Whets Its Dream
  • Terror Plots, Meet Covert Ops
  • Turkey’s Tough Neighborhood
  • Unhelpful Help:  The Saudi Model
  • Ukraine’s Tug of War
  • What’s New with Nukes

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