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November 17-19, 2023

Halifax, Nova Scotia



Halifax International Security Forum invites subject experts with significant practical experience to volunteer their time throughout the summer months to discuss and debate ideas to be addressed head-on at Halifax in November. The guidance provided by the Agenda Working Group ensures that Halifax International Security Forum plays its part in shaping the coming year’s global security agenda.

Halifax International Security Forum is proud that the agenda presented to its participants each year is acutely relevant and reflects conversations that are happening in capitals around the world. In the cases where these issues are not yet top-of-mind for decision makers, Halifax International Security Forum is pleased to create those conversations that will gain attention and inspire international action.


Michael Auslin
Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
Hoover Institution, Stanford University 

Alyssa Ayres
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University 

Johan Bergenas
Senior Vice President, Oceans
World Wildlife Fund – US

Ian Brodie
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Calgary 

Rosa Brooks
Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy
Georgetown University Law Center  

Shari Bryan
Founder and Managing Partner
Aegean Strategies  

Eva Busza
Regional Director, Eurasia Programs
National Democratic Institute 

Leslie Campbell
Senior Associate and Regional Director
National Democratic Institute 

Comfort Ero
President and CEO
International Crisis Group 

Dean Fealk
Managing Partner and Chair for Global Strategy & Innovation
DLA Piper 

John Glenn
Senior Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies
National Endowment for Democracy 

Jerrold Green
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Council on International Policy 

Rachel Kleinfeld
Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

François Lafond
Expertise France 

Susan Markham
Program Director, HFXX

Nancy Okail
President and CEO
Center for International Policy 

C. Dixon Osburn
Executive Director
Institute for Strategic Dialogue 

Roland Paris
Director, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa 

Luis Rubio
México Evalúa  

Chris Sabatini
Senior Fellow for Latin America
Chatham House 

Paul Salem
President and Chief Executive Officer
Middle East Institute 

Randy Scheunemann
Strategic Counselor

Janice Stein
Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director
The Munk School, University of Toronto 

Constanze Stelzenmüller
Director and Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and Trans-Atlantic Relations, Center on the Unites States and Europe
The Brookings Institution 

Yun Sun
Director and Senior Fellow, China Program
Stimson Center   

Peter Van Praagh

Daniel Twining
International Republican Institute 

Kurt Volker
Distinguished Fellow
Center for European Policy Analysis 

W. Bruce Weinrod
Adjunct Professor
Georgetown University 

Download 2023 Agenda Working Group as PDF


Halifax International Security Forum is fortunate to benefit from supporting
organizations that contribute to its mission of promoting strategic cooperation among
the world’s democracies. The generosity of these organizations is instrumental to our
success as we pursue the common goals of building democracy, creating opportunity and
promoting peace.

Halifax International Security Forum thanks its Peace Partners: AWS and Google, as well
as its Opportunity Partners: Anduril, Apple, CADSI, CAE, MDA, Pansophico and YouTube.
In addition, the organization thanks NATO and the European Union for their support, as
well as IPSOS Public A!airs for the important services they provide.