Leading decision-makers from civilian government, the military, business, academia and the media convened in Nova Scotia for the 4th Halifax International Security Forum.
Halifax International Security Forum President Peter Van Praagh and Canadian Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay welcomed attendees to Halifax—a community for thoughtful and engaged decision-makers to share ideas and work together to meet emerging threats in a changing world.
This year’s Forum features discussions on a range of critical issues, including Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, the rebellion in Syria, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the growing economic power of China, North American energy independence, and the responsibilities of democratic nations, among other topics.
Watch video of Peter Van Praagh’s and Minister MacKay’s opening remarks, which highlight why this year’s Forum—set against the backdrop of escalating crises in the Middle East—is more important than ever.
The rise of India and China, and new middle-powers like Brazil and Turkey, has re-shaped the balance of power in geopolitics. Traditional Western powers have seen their perceived dominance decline as we transition towards a “new normal.” But what exactly are we transitioning towards? In this panel, leading scholars and policymakers from around the world discuss how to navigate the new geopolitical map.
“If this is what the new normal is these days, then we’re probably going to have to redefine the concept of normal. There have been very few times I can recall when the US was in such flux itself about the degree to which it views itself as responsible for shaping where the world is.”
The Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Canada
Welcome Remarks on Behalf of the US Congressional Delegation
The Hon. John McCain, Senator (R‐AZ), United States
The Hon. Senator Mark Udall, Senator (D‐CO), United States
Marc Goodman, Global Security Advisor, Singularity University