About Us

Our Mission

Halifax International Security Forum is devoted to strengthening strategic cooperation among democratic nations.

What We Do

Our flagship conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia is recognized widely as North America’s leading annual Forum for the discussion of the world’s most pressing security challenges. Halifax attracts senior politicians – including a significant delegation from the United States Congress — top military commanders, strategists, thinkers, influential journalists, and business leaders from across the democratic world.

Halifax also convenes high-level meetings in Washington DC, London, and elsewhere, as well as produces public policy recommendations and strategic advice on the major geo-political challenges of the day and for the years to come.

Halifax is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC.


Halifax International Security Forum is proud to be at the forefront of innovative and inclusive solutions to the world’s security challenges. 

The Peace With Women Fellowship brings together senior active-duty women military officers from NATO and NATO-allied countries for a 3-week executive tour to meet senior politicians, military leaders, tech innovators, and media luminaries in the United States and Canada. 

The John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service is bestowed at the Forum annually by Mrs. Cindy McCain. The award is given to individuals from any country who have demonstrated uncommon leadership in the pursuit of human justice.

The China Report is a multi-year project outlining a new strategy for the United States and its allies across the globe to deal with the rising challenge from Beijing.

The Congressional Program is in development to help inform and advise new members of Congress on the challenges posed by international security. 

Media Partners

Halifax media partners include Foreign Affairs Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine, and POLITICO.

Our History

With the generous support of the Canadian government, Halifax International Security Forum was founded in 2009 as part of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Halifax became an independent organization in 2011.  Today it includes private individuals, businesses, and donor organizations as supporters.  Its network now extends from North America, through Europe, Eurasia, South and East Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The founding and current president of Halifax International Security Forum is Peter Van Praagh.