2019 Forum Agenda


15:00-15:30 Welcome Remarks ON THE RECORD
Mr. Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum

Opening Remarks ON THE RECORD

The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada

15:30-16:30 PLENARY 1 ON THE RECORD Revolutions of Our Time: Freedom Without US

SPEAKERS: Professor Yascha Mounk, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Nancy Okail, Executive Director (fmr.), Tahrir Institute; Professor Steve Tsang, Director, China Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Ambassador Isadora Zubillaga, Deputy Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, National Assembly, Venezuela
MODERATOR: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Member, Homeland Security Experts Group

16:30-17:00 COFFEE BREAK

17:00-18:00 PLENARY 2 ON THE RECORD Values Trade: Our Way or the Huawei

SPEAKERS: Ms. Emily Lau, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Democratic Party, and Former Chairperson, Democratic Party, Hong Kong; Lady Pauline Neville-Jones, Member, House of Lords; Mr. Josh Rogin, Columnist, Foreign Policy and National Security, The Washington Post; Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, United States Coast Guard
MODERATOR: Dr. Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs


SPEAKERS: Senator Jim Risch, United States Senator from Idaho, United States Senate
MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Vice President, Halifax International Security Forum

LOCATION: Westin Lobby

19:00-19:30 RECEPTION
LOCATION: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


Presentation of the Builder Award to Ms. Nancy C. Southern, Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited

Recognition of the 2019 Class of Peace With Women Fellows


Climate: Change

SPEAKERS: Dr. Chaitanya Giri, Fellow, Space and Ocean Studies, Indian Council on Global Relations, Gateway House; Senator Angus King, United States Senator for Maine, United States Senate
MODERATOR: Ms. Molly Ball, National Political Correspondent, TIME and Political Analyst, CNN

Hong Kong’s Summer, China’s Fall

SPEAKERS: Ambassador Joseph Hockey, Ambassador of Australia to the United States, Embassy of Australia in Washington; Mr. Dolkun Isa, President, World Uyghur Congress; Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President, Central Tibetan Administration; Dr. Daniel Twining, President, International Republican Institute
MODERATOR: Ms. Karen DeYoung, Associate Editor and Senior National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post

Make Elections Safe Again

SPEAKERS: Mr. Michael Abramowitz, President, Freedom House; Ms. Lisa Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Alethea Group; Mr. Vladimir Milov, Economic Advisor to Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny; Admiral Michael Rogers, 2nd Commander, United States Cyber Command
MODERATOR: Mr. Blake Hounshell, Editor in Chief, POLITICO Magazine


6:00-8:30 BREAKFAST

LOCATION: Elements Dining Room at the Westin Nova Scotian

8:30 presentation ON THE RECORD

The John McCain Prize for Leadership In Public Service

Presented by Mrs. Cindy McCain


SPEAKER: Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command
MODERATOR: Ms. Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC

9:45-10:15 COFFEE BREAK

10:15-11:15 PLENARY 3 ON THE RECORD The World’s Democracies: The Importance of Being Allies

SPEAKERS: General Rajmund Andrzejczak, Chief of the General Staff, Polish Armed Forces; Sir Michael Arthur, President, Boeing International; Senator Tim Kaine, United States Senator from Virginia, United States Senate; Ambassador Keng Yong Ong, Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
MODERATOR: Mr. Tom Clark, Chair, Public Affairs and Communications, Global Public Affairs

11:15-11:45 COFFEE BREAK

11:45-12:45 PLENARY 4 ON THE RECORD Institution Evolution: International Law and Global Order

SPEAKERS: Ms. Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO, United States Institute of Peace; Mr. Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross; Dr. Lassina Zerbo, President, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
MODERATOR: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy

12:45-14:00 Mid-Day Meal

LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom


SPEAKER: National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Executive Office of the President, United States
MODERATOR: Mr. Nick Schifrin, Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent, PBS Newshour

14:45-15:45 PLENARY 5 ON THE RECORD 2020s Vision: Responsibility to Pro-Tech

SPEAKERS: Ms. Shelly Bruce, Chief, Communications Security Establishment; Ms. Golnaz Esfandiari, Senior Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; Mr. Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary General, NATO; Minister Andrii Zagorodniuk, Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Ukraine
MODERATOR: Mr. Edward Luce, US National Editor, Financial Times

15:45-16:15 COFFEE BREAK


SPEAKER: Secretary Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, United States Navy

16:30-17:30 PLENARY 6 ON THE RECORD End of the Earth: The Arctic

SPEAKERS: Mr. Espen Barth Eide, Member of Parliament, The Storting, Norway; General Tammy Harris, Former Deputy Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force; General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command & United States North Command; Secretary Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, United States Navy
MODERATOR: Ms. Luiza Ch. Savage, Executive Director Canada, and Editorial Director, Cross-Platform Content, POLITICO


Location: VIA Rail Station


Afghanistan and Iraq: America’s Long Goodbye

WITH: Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the President, Kurdistan Regional Government; Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Director and Senior Fellow,
South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute
HOSTED BY: Mr. W. Bruce Weinrod, Adjunct Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Arab Spring Review: Renew

WITH: Mr. Nadim Houry, Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative; Mr. Nicolas Tenzer, Chairman, Center for the Study and Research on Political Decision
HOSTED BY: Mr. Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National
Democratic Institute

Brexit Forever

WITH: Dr. Josef Joffe, Publisher and Editor, Die Zeit, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Admiral Henri Schricke, Head of Joint International Affairs, French Forces
Joint Staff
HOSTED BY: Lady Pauline Neville-Jones, Member, House of Lords

Brutal Borders

WITH: Mr. Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, HIAS; Dr. Alejandro Poiré, Dean School of Social Sciences and Government, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
HOSTED BY: Mr. François Lafond, Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Republic of North Macedonia

The Chinese Century is Coming: That’s What Xi Said

WITH: Mr. James Baker, Director of the Office of Net Assessment, United States Department of Defense; Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security; Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, United States Naval War College
HOSTED BY: Ms. Rosa Brooks, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy, Georgetown University Law Center

Climate of Conciliation: Reaching the Skeptics

WITH: Mr. Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, House of Commons, Canada
HOSTED BY: Dr. Jerrold Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy

Democracy in a Digital World

WITH: Minister Juri Luik, Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Estonia; Professor Yascha Mounk, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
HOSTED BY: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Vice President, Halifax International Security Forum

India à la Modi

WITH: Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani, Former Member of Parliament, Quami Assembly, Pakistan; Mr. Dhruva Jaishankar, Director, US Initiative, Observer Research Foundation; Ms. Ruhee Neog, Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
HOSTED BY: Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Iran Provokes, the World Chokes

WITH: Mr. Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mr. Jason Rezaian, Global Opinions Writer, The Washington Post
HOSTED BY: Dr. Mara Karlin, Director, Strategic Studies Program, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

Israel’s Friends, and Neighbors

WITH: Dr. Eliot Cohen, Columnist, The New York Times; Professor Gerald Steinberg, President and Founder, Institute for NGO Research, and Professor, Political Studies, Bar Ilan University
HOSTED BY: Mr. Michael Goldfarb, Founder, Washington Free Beacon

NATO@70: The Trials and Tribulations of Being America’s Ally

WITH: Dr. Sławomir Dębski, Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs; Mr. Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary General, NATO; Mr. Roderich Kiesewetter, Member, The Bundestag; Dr. Artis Pabriks, Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Latvia
HOSTED BY: Mr. Roland Paris, Professor of International Affairs, University of Ottawa

Our Allies: Our China Challenge

WITH: Professor Richard Heydarian, Research Fellow, National Chengchi University, and Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer; Mr. Szu-Chien Hsu, Director of the Board, Institute for National Defense and Security Research, Taiwan
HOSTED BY: Mr. Randy Scheunemann, Senior Counselor, Halifax International Security Forum

Russia and China in Africa: The New Scramble

WITH: Pastor Esther Ibanga, Pastor, Jos Christian Missions International, and Executive Director and Founder, Women Without Walls Initiative; Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla, Deputy Minister of Defense, Ministry of Defense, South Africa
HOSTED BY: Dr. J. Peter Pham, Vice President, Research and Regional Initiatives and Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

Space: The Final Command

WITH: Mr. Michael Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit; General Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force
HOSTED BY: Dr. Ian Brodie, Director of Studies, Canadian Foreign Affairs Institute

Sudan’s Success: Transition in Progress

WITH: Ms. Fauziya Ali, President and Founder, Women In International Security Kenya, and Chair, Sisters without Borders; Dr. Comfort Ero, Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group
HOSTED BY: Dr. John Glenn, Policy Director, US Global Leadership Coalition

Tokyo – Seoul: Past Problems, Future Friends

WITH: Mr. Seung-joo Baek, Member of the National Assembly, The Daehan Minguk Gokhoe, Republic of Korea; General Noboru Yamaguchi, Advisor, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
HOSTED BY: Ambassador Mark Lippert, Vice President, International Government Affairs, Boeing International

Trading with Trump: Art of the Deal

WITH: Mr. Edward Luce, US National Editor, Financial Times; Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, International Peace and Security Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
HOSTED BY: Dr. Luis Rubio, Chairman, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations

Turkey: It’s Istanbul, Not Constantinople

WITH: Mr. Yusuf Müftüoglu, Managing Partner, CRA Strategic Advisory
HOSTED BY: Ambassador Matthew Bryza, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Din Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Ukraine: All Hands On

WITH: Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belford Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; Mr. Matt Fisher, International Affairs Columnist, Postmedia Network Canada Corporation; Minister Andrii Zagorodniuk, Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Ukraine
HOSTED BY: Ambassador Jakub Wiśniewski, Vice President, GLOBSEC, and Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Venezuela: Revolution Betrayed

WITH: Mr. Ben Rowswell, President, Canadian International Council; Ambassador Carlos Vecchio, Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States, National Assembly, Venezuela
HOSTED BY: Mr. David Smolanksy, Envoy for Venezuelan Migration and Refugee Crisis

White Supremacists and the Changing Face of Terror

WITH: Mr. Scott Carpenter, Director of Policy, Jigsaw; Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project
HOSTED BY: Mr. C. Dixon Osburn, Adjunct Fellow, American Security Project

Who’s Your Data?

WITH: Dr. Izabela Albrycht, Chair, Kosciuszko Institute; Mr. Richard Fadden, Senior Advisor, Capitol Hill Group; Mr. Chris Brose, Head of Strategy, Anduril Strategies, and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for Peace
HOSTED BY: Mr. Dean Fealk, Chair, Global Strategy & Innovation, Halifax International Security Forum, and Partner, DLA Piper



Global Energy, Renewable Threats

SPEAKERS: Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Founder, Open Russia; Mr. Laurent Ruseckas, Executive Director, Global Gas, IHS Markit
MODERATOR: Mr. Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, POLITICO

Out of Control: Nukes Without Treaties

SPEAKERS: Ms. Heather Hurlburt, Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America; Mr. Mikhail Kasyanov, People’s Freedom Party, Russia; General Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force
MODERATOR: Mr. Bryan Bender, Defense and Space Editor, POLITICO


SPEAKER: President Petro Poroshenko, 5th President of Ukraine
MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Vice President, Halifax International Security Forum

10:30-11:30 PLENARY 7 ON THE RECORD Security Solutions, Women’s Contributions

SPEAKERS: Admiral Rob Bauer, Chief of Defence, Netherlands Armed Forces; Mr. Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, United Nations; General Stephen Wilson,
Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force
MODERATOR: Mr. Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill

11:30-12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00-13:00 PLENARY 8 ON THE RECORD Revolutions and their Remains

SPEAKERS: Dr. Josef Joffe, Publisher and Editor, Die Zeit, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Ms. Ia Meurmishvili, Senior Editor, Voice of America, Georgia; Ambassador Jacqueline O’Neill, Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security, Canada; Ms. Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, United States Department of State
MODERATOR: Mr. James Coomarasamy, Senior Presenter, BBC Radio and World Service