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Our History

With the generous support of the Canadian government, Halifax International Security Forum was founded in 2009 as a program within the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The first Forum put Halifax, Nova Scotia on the map as the ideal meeting place in North America for democratic leaders from militaries, governments, business, academia, and the media.

In 2011, Halifax International Security Forum became an independent, non-profit organization and welcomed Foreign Affairs as its official media partner. The formation of the Halifax Canada Club in 2012 marked the beginning of a public-private partnership to provide long-term support for the work of Halifax International Security Forum.

Today, the Forum continues to advance greater strategic cooperation among the world’s democracies in order to address the most pressing international security challenges.