WASHINGTON, November 7, 2011—Halifax International Security Forum announced today that U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mark Udall (D-CO) will join the Honourable Peter MacKay, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, and other thoughtful and engaged leaders who deal with defense and security issues at Halifax International Security Forum to be held November 18-20, 2011, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “This Forum is a testament to the importance of building new global partnerships, based on interests and values, to tackle the greatest challenges of our time. Now more than ever, the United States needs strong global partners, and the world needs steadfast, bipartisan U.S. leadership on foreign and defense policy. We are excited to once again lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to Halifax to take part in this important convening of foreign policy and defense leaders,” said McCain and Udall in a written statement released today. Currently in its third year, Halifax is an event where informed and engaged leaders from around the world come together to learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action. This year, the Forum will tackle complex issues such as the Arab Spring, economic security, and smart security in the age of less. Foreign Affairs magazine is Halifax’s new and distinguished media partner, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a key sponsor of the event. “I am very pleased that Senator McCain and Senator Udall will again attend Halifax this November,” said the Honourable Canadian Minister of Defence, Peter MacKay. “The bipartisan nature of their delegation confirms Halifax as a forum for collaboration and action.” The 2011 Forum will provide more than 300 participants from more than 50 countries with the opportunity to reflect on the year’s important events and formulate real solutions to the complex threats facing the world. Halifax International Security Forum is a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit organization.