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Halifax International Security Forum Releases Draft Topical Agenda


20 October 2014

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.  

The 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.  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 is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC.


Plenary Sessions (On-the-Record) 

  • The Next Last Great War: The Next Battle for Modernity

  • Is Winning Possible? The Laws and Lawlessness of Asymmetric War

  • Who Controls the Map? Lost Innocents, Persistent Criminals, Depraved Terrorists

  • O Say, Can’t You See? The Indispensable Role of the Exceptional Superpower

  • Get Smart: Gaining Intelligence, Missing the Meaning

  • Africa Breaking Out

  • Wanted: Food, Energy, Water – A FEW Good Resources

  • The New Propagandists: The Battle for the Narrative

Small Group Sessions (Off-the‐Record)

  • Africa Rising, Revising

  • All’s Fair in Love and (Hybrid) War

  • Anti-Israel or Anti‐Semitic?

  • Arctic: Encounters on Top of the World

  • Asian Advances: China’s Creeping Mission

  • Between Rich and Poor in the West: The 
Shrinking Middle

  • Building New International Systems 
Between War and Peace

  • Corruption and the Erosion of the Nation 

  • Coup D’emocracy: Protecting Freedom at 
What Cost?

  • Degrade and Destroy: ISIL and the Future 
of the Arab World

  • Democratic Asia: The Call for Japanese-Korean Strategic Cooperation

  • The Enemy of My Enemy is…Iran

  • Fading Attraction: Europe’s Magnetic Pull

  • Frenemies: Our Gulf Partners

  • Hong Kong, China: One City, Two Visions

  • Latin Lessons: The Role of the Americas in Global Security

  • Lethal Listserves: What Bad Guys Learn from Each Other

  • Man’s Humanity to Man: Ozone, Climate and Other Lessons from the Montreal Protocol

  • The Modern Art of Diplomacy

  • Modi Operendi: The New India

  • Pipeline Corridors: The Geopolitical Goals 
of Energy Infrastructure

  • Political Islam: Political? Islam?

  • (Re-)Visit Cuba

  • Red is the New Orange: Ukraine, Russia, 
and the Future of Eurasian Democracy

  • Sanctioning Reality: The Outsized Role of 
Capital Markets

  • Suffering from Withdrawal: Afghanistan, 

  • Technology’s Role in Development and 

  • Ukraine’s Dysfunction, NATO’s Function?

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