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2022 Halifax International Security Forum

November 18-20, 2022

Halifax, Nova Scotia


Saturday, November 19



LOCATION: Seaport Social Restaurant


Presentation ON THE RECORD

The John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service

Presented by Mr. Jack McCain


Halifax Chat  ON THE RECORD

Female Freedom Fighters: Finding Morality in Iran

WITH: Dr. Hamed Esmaeilion – Author and Activist – spokesperson of the Association of families of flight PS752 victims; Ms. Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay – President and Co-Founder – Stop Child Executions; Mr. Tom Clark – Chair – Global Public Affairs

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Chair, Global Public Affairs

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Ms. Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay

President and Co-Founder, Stop Child Executions

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Dr. Hamed Esmaeilion

Author and Activist; Spokesperson of the Association of families of flight PS752 victims


Coffee Break


Plenary 3: Tomorrow’s Energy Needed Now ON THE RECORD 


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MODERATOR Ms. Luiza Savage

Executive Editor, Growth POLITICO, United States

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General Rajmund Andrzejczak

Chief of the General Staff Polish Armed Forces, Poland

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Sir Michael Arthur

President, Boeing International, United Kingdom

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Ms. Nancy Southern

Chair and CEO, ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited, Canada

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Mr. Laurent Ruseckas

Executive Director, Gas Power & Renewables, S&P Global Commodity Insights, United Kingdom

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Ambassador Yullia Kovaliv

Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine


Halifax Chat ON THE RECORD

Whole, Free and at Peace: Ukraine After the War



Coffee Break


Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ON THE RECORD

INTRODUCED BY: Ambassador Mark Lippert, Vice Chair, HFX Board of Directors

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Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

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Ambassador Mark Lippert

Ambassador Mark Lippert, Vice Chair, HFX Board of Directors

Plenary 4: The Disinformation Nations: Kidnapping Our Citizens, Corrupting Our Officials, Stealing Our Stuff ON THE RECORD 


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MODERATOR Mr. Evan Soloman

Publisher, GZERO Media, Senior Management, Eurasia Group, Special Correspondent, CTV NEWS, Canada

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Senator Chris Coons

Senator for Delaware, United States Senate, United States

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Ms. Yasmin Green

CEO, Jigsaw, United States

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Mr. Andrew Shearer

Director General of the Office of National Intelligence, Office of National Intelligence, Australia

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Ms. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

National Leader of Belarus / Head of the United Transitional Cabinet

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Mr. Yevhen Fedchenko

Editor-in-Chief, StopFake, Ukraine



LOCATION: Atlantic Ballroom


Plenary 5: Food Security: May We Have Some More?ON THE RECORD


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MODERATOR Ms. Kate Brannen

Deputy Editor, Foreign Affairs, United States

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Admiral Linda Fagan

Commandant, United States Coast Guard, United States

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Ms. Lenna Koszarny

Founding Partner and CEO, Horizon Capital, Ukraine

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Mr. J.J. Omojuwa

Founder, Alpha Reach, Author, Digital: The New Code of Wealth, Nigeria


Coffee Break


Plenary 6: Mind the Gap: Keeping Our Tech Superiority — ON THE RECORD


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MODERATOR Anton La Guardia

Diplomatic Editor, The Economist, United States

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General Wayne Eyre

Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

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Minister Kajsa Ollongren

Minister of Defence, Netherlands

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Senator Jacky Rosen

Senator for Nevada, United States Senate, United States

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Senator Mike Rounds

Senator for South Dakota, United States

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General David Thompson

Vice Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force, United States


Halifax Chat — ON THE RECORD

WITH: Representative Michael McCaul, Representative from Texas, United States House of Representatives and Senator Jim Risch, Senator for Idaho; Ms. Evelyn Farkas, Executive Director, McCain Institute

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MODERATOR Dr. Evelyn Farkas

Executive Director, McCain Institute

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Representative Michael McCaul

Representative from Texas, United States House of Representatives

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Senator Jim Risch

Senator for Idaho, United States


Pre-dinner Reception 

LOCATION: VIA Rail Station



Arctic Allies Align 

  • WITH: Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the United States; Mr. Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Coast Guard, Canada; Ms. Madeleine Redfern, Chief Operating Officer, CanArctic Inuit Networks Inc., Canada
  • HOSTED BY: Shuvaloy Majumdar, Foreign Policy Program Director & Munk Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Canada

Coping With Climate: Africa Enlightens

  • WITH: Ms. Fauziya Abdi Ali, Founder and President, Women in International Security; Chair, Sisters Without Borders, Kenya; Dr. Iko Ibanga, Founder and CEO Pro-Health International, Nigeria; Mr. Daouda Sembene, CEO, AfriCatalyst Global Development Advisory, Senegal
  • HOSTED BY: Ms. Shari Bryan, Founder and Partner, Aegean Strategies, United States

Decoupling: Russia, Yes. China, Next 

  • WITH: Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies, Vice Chief of Defence Force, New Zealand; Mr. Liam Fox, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, United Kingdom; Mr. Hideo Ishizuki, Deputy-Director General, Japanese Foreign Policy Bureau; Mr. Dennis Kwok, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Mr. Dolkun Isa, President, World Uyghur Congress, Germany
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Expanding Space 

  • WITH: General David Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force
  • HOSTED BY: Michael Svetlik, Chief Operating Officer, HFX

Female Freedom Fighters: Meeting Morality in Iran

  • WITH: Ms. Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay, President and Co-Founder, Stop Child Executions, Canada; Ms. Yasmin Green, CEO, Jigsaw; Ms. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Founder & CEO, International Civil Society Action Network, United States
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Jason Rezaian, Global Opinions Writer, The Washington Post

Finding Meaning in Europe

  • WITH: Mr. Arnaud Danjean, Member, European Parliament, France; General Onno Eichelsheim, Chief of Defence, Netherlands Armed Forces; Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations, The Brookings Institution

Israel and Its Arab Allies Making a Modern Middle East

  • WITH: Mr. Dov Zakheim, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mr. Kenneth Wollack, Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Jerrold Green, President and CEO, Pacific Council on International Policy, United States

New NATO: Never Again Treaty Organization 

  • WITH: Minister Pål Jonson, Minister of Defence, Sweden; General Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander, Swedish Armed Forces; Mr. Jānis Kazociņš, National Security Adviser to the President of Latvia; Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna, European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. W. Bruce Weinrod, Adjunct Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

The Next Quad: Japan + Aukus (Jaukus) 

  • WITH: Ambassador Mark Lippert, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics; Senior Advisor (Non-resident), Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, United States; Mr. Matake Kamiya, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan and Vice President of Japan Forum on International Relations
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Michael Auslin, Senior Advisor for Asia, HFX; Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Nuclear War: 60 Years On, Preventing (While Preparing For) The Unimaginable

  • WITH: Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, United States Department of State; Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, International Peace and Security Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan
  • HOSTED BY: Ms. Rosa Brooks, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy, Georgetown University Law Center

Our Extremists, Our Existential Enemies

  • WITH: Dr. Alejandro Poiré, Dean, School of Social Sciences and Government, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico; Mr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project, Germany
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Leslie Lloyd Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institution, United States

Russia’s Future, Russia’s Past

  • WITH: Ms. Natalia Arno, President, Free Russia Foundation; Mr. Vladimir Milov, Economic Adviser; Vice President for International Advocacy, Free Russia Foundation, Russia; Mr. Vasil Sikharulidze, Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Randy Scheunemann, Strategic Counselor, HFX; Vice Chairman, International Republican Institute

Securing the Sovereignty of Smaller States

  • WITH: Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant, United States Coast Guard;  Minister Armend Mahaj, Minister of Defence, Republic of Kosovo
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Still America

  • WITH: Ms. Jane Harman, Chair of the Board, Freedom House, United States; Ms. Sara Jacobs, Representative from California, United States House of Representatives
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. C. Dixon Osburn, Author, Mission Possible: The Story of Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Syria: Can You See Me Now

  • WITH: Ms. Hooria Mashhour, Former Human Rights Minister, Republic of Yemen; Mr. Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director, Samir Kassir Foundation, Lebanon; Mr. Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director, Syrian Emergency Task Force
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Paul Salem, President, Middle East Institute

Tanks or Tech? The 21st Century Battlefield (Strider)

  • WITH: Mr. James Baker, Director, Office of Net Assessment, United States Department of Defense; General Martin Herem, Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces; Minister Marjan Šarec, Minister of Defense, Slovenia
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Gideon Rose, Distinguished Fellow, David Rockefeller Studies Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Tech Diplomacy: Statecraft or Stagecraft (AWSS)

  • WITH: General Michelle McGuinness, Deputy Director for Commonwealth Integration Defense Intelligence Agency, United States; Mr. Peter Pham, Distinguished Fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council; Mr. Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. Dean Fealk, Chair, Global Strategy & Innovation, HFX; Managing Partner, DLA Piper

Turning Sanctions Into Strategy

  • WITH: Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Former Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Senator Hélène Conway-Mouret, Senator, France; Mr. Andrei Sannikov, Chairman, European Belarus Foundation
  • HOSTED BY: Mr. John Glenn, Senior Director at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy

UAV: Ukraine’s Absolute Victory 

  • WITH: Mr. Jason Crow, Representative from Colorado, United States House of Representatives; Mr. Batu Kutelia, Board Member, Atlantic Council of Georgia; The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Georgia; Ms. Jody Thomas, National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister, Government of Canada; Mr. Rustem Umerov, Head, State Property Fund of Ukraine
  • HOSTED BY: Minister Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, Canada

UN: The Best the World Has Done. So Far…

  • WITH: Ms. Alexandra Chyczij, Ukrainian Canadian Congress; Mr. David Lammy, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • HOSTED BY: Dr. Roland Paris, Director, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada

Western Hemisphere, Meet the World

  • WITH: Dr. Christopher Sabatini, Senior Fellow for Latin America, Chatham House, United States; Dr. Luis Rubio, Chairman, Mexico-Evalua; Former Chairman, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations
  • HOSTED BY: Senator Peter Boehm, Senator for Ontario, Canada

Whole, Free and at Peace: Ukraine After the War

  • WITH: Ms. Lenna Koszarny, Founding Partner and CEO Horizon Capital, Ukraine; Ms. Anna Novosad, Co-Founder, Charity Fund savED; Minister of Education and Science (2019-2020), Ukraine; Mr. Andriy Shevchenko, Co-Founder, Media Center Ukraine
  • HOSTED BY: Ambassador Kurt Volker, Distinguished Fellow; Senior International Advisor, CEPA



FILM SCREENING | Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom

LOCATION: Plenary Room

Q&A WITH: Mr. Evgeny Afineevsky, Film Director; Mr. Dmytro Kozatsky, Mariupol Defender; Ms. Nataliia Nagorna, Journalist, TSN; Ms. Hanna Zaitseva, Wife of Mariupol Defender