World’s Security Leaders Convene in Halifax to Tackle Pressing Issues

Halifax International Security Forum to be streamed live:
Leaders will discuss the Arab Spring, global financial crisis, future of NATO and more

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, November 17, 2011—Leaders from more than 40 countries will gather this week at the Halifax International Security Forum to discuss what’s next in “Arab Spring” nations, implications of the global financial crisis, the future of NATO, and other top issues affecting international security today. Beginning Friday, November 18, Halifax will welcome Canadian National Defence Minister Peter MacKay, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minster Ehud Barak, former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, a congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain and Senator Mark Udall, and 300 other leaders from around the world to assess events in 2011 and look ahead to 2012.

The last significant security conference of the year, attendees include informed leaders from the military, civilian government, business and academia from around the world. The Forum runs from Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 at the Westin Nova Scotian.

A full list of speakers and participants can be found on our website.

People around the world will be able to view the discussions live at www.halifaxtheforum.org. Up-to-date information about the forum is also available on the new Halifax app for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.

For media accreditation or to submit interview requests, please contact media@halifaxtheforum.org, or call 902-981-6994. Satellite coordinates for the live stream follow the on-the-record agenda.

ON-THE-RECORD AGENDA
All times on the agenda are listed in Atlantic Time (AST).

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
1500-1545: Introduction
Introduction: Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum
Opening Speech: The Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Canada
Keynote Speech: The Hon. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, United States

1615-1730: Plenary 1: What’s Changed Since 9/11? Our Enemies? Ourselves? The World?
Mr. Zaffar Abbas, Editor-in-Chief, Dawn
Mr. Francis Delon, Secretary General for National Defense, France
Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
The Hon. Mark Udall, Senator, United States
Moderator: Mr. Gideon Rose, Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Affairs

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
830-945: Plenary 2: What is the Responsibility to Protect? When? Where? Whom?
Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Combined Joint Task Force Commander of Operation Unified Protector, NATO
The Hon. Suat Kiniklioglu, AK Party Central Executive Board Member, Turkey
The Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Canada
Moderator: Ms. Raghida Dergham, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al Hayat

1015-1130: Plenary 3: Spring Forward, Fall Back: Revolutions and their Remains
Sheikh Mohammed Abu Lahoum, Head, Justice and Building Party, Yemen
Mr. David Kramer, President, Freedom House
Mr. Paul Salem, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon
Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies
Moderator: Ms. Kathleen Koch, Author & Journalist

1200-1315: Plenary 4: 问题是经济,笨蛋。(It’s the Economy, Dumb Eggs)
Mr. James Hoge, Jr., Chairman, Human Rights Watch
The Hon. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Distinguished Statesman, CSIS
Moderator: The Hon. Pamela Wallin, Chair, Senate National Security and Defence Committee, Canada

1430-1500: Halifax Chat: The Hon. Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense, Israel
Moderator: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Director, International Affairs, Henry Jackson Society

1500-1600: Plenary 5: The United States in 2012: Super Power, Super Enabler or Stay at Home Parent?
The Hon. John McCain, Senator, United States
The Hon. Mark Udall, Senator, United States
Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

1630-1745: Plenary 6: But, Can We Afford It? Smart Security in the Age of Less
Gen. Stephane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation
The Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
The Hon. Swanee Hunt, Chair, Institute for Inclusive Security
The Hon. Ljubica Jelušič, Minister of Defense, Slovenia
The Hon. Jeanne Shaheen, Senator, United States
Moderator: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Member, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Advisory Group

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
1030-1145: Plenary 7: My Kind of NATO? Chicago 2012
Mr. James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO
The Hon. Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security Strategy, Ministry of Defense, United Kingdom
Mr. Bruce Jackson, Founder and President, Project on Transitional Democracies
Moderator: Ms. Mercedes Stephenson, Reporter, CTV News Channel

1215-1330: Plenary 8: It’s That Time: Sharing Global Responsibility
Mr. Mobasshar Javed Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today
Mr. Hakan Altinay, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
The Hon. Masafumii Ishii, Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Dr. Joanisval Brito Gonçalves, Senior Counselor for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Senate of Brazil
Moderator: Mr. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE

Pool Service (in Eastern Time)

Nov 18 1230-1630 apx 30
Galaxy 17 K20 Slot A
U/L: 14386.5H
D/L: 12086.5V
Symbol rate: 6.1113
FEC 3/4
Intelsat satellite order: 978337

Nov 19 0630-1630 apx 30
Galaxy 17 K24 Slot D
U/L: 14493.5H
D/L: 12193.5V
Symbol rate: 6.1113
FEC 3/4
Intelsat satellite order: 978339

Nov 20 0700-1300 apx 30
Galaxy 17 K24 Slot D
U/L: 14493.5H
D/L: 12193.5V
Symbol rate: 6.1113
FEC 3/4
Intelsat satellite order: 978340

About The Halifax International Security Forum
Halifax International Security Forum is a forum and a network for thoughtful and engaged decision-makers from governments, militaries, business, academia, and the media to work together to meet emerging threats in a changing world. The Forum is made possible by generous support from the Department of National Defence and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).