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2013 Agenda Working Group


The Halifax International Security Forum invites subject experts with significant practical experience to volunteer their time throughout the summer months to discuss and debate ideas to be addressed head-on at Halifax in November.  The guidance provided by the Agenda Working Group ensures that Halifax International Security Forum plays its part in shaping the coming year’s global security agenda.

Halifax International Security Forum is proud that the agenda presented to its participants each year is acutely relevant and reflects conversations that are happening in capitals around the world.  In the cases where these issues are not yet top-of-mind for decision makers, Halifax International Security Forum is pleased to create those conversations that will gain attention and inspire international action. 


Michael Auslin

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and Columnist, Wall Street Journal


Leslie Campbell

Senior Associate and Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute


Helga Flores Trejo

Foreign Policy Fellow, The Brookings Institute


John K. Glenn

Policy Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition


Joseph Hall

Vice President, Halifax International Security Forum


Heather Hurlburt

Executive Director, National Security Network


Rachel Kleinfeld

Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – President Emeritus, Truman National Security Project


David J. Kramer

President, Freedom House


Jacqueline O’Neill

Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security


Dixon Osburn

Director of the Law and Security Program, Human Rights First


Roland Paris

Director of Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa


Tom Perriello

President & CEO of the Center for American Progess Action Fund, Counselor to the Center for American Progress


Paul Salem

Director, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon


Randall Scheunemann

President, Orion Strategies


Robin Shepherd

Director, International Affairs, Henry Jackson Society


Julianne Smith

Senior Vice President, Beacon Global Strategies LLC Former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President


Janice Gross Stein

Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, University of Toronto


Jonathan Tepperman

Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs


Peter Van Praagh

President, Halifax International Security Forum


Kurt Volker

Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership


W. Bruce Weinrod

Senior Advisor, Global Impact, Inc.


Michael Werz

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress