Peter Van Praagh

Profile Photo of Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum

Peter Van Praagh is the founding President of Halifax International Security Forum. Peter has served as Senior Director for Foreign Policy at the Washington, DC-based German Marshall Fund of the United States, as Deputy Vice President of Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, and as Chief of Party for the National Democratic Institute both in the former Soviet Union and in Turkey. In 2006-07, Peter served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Peter is a graduate of University College, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. He is married to Lena Van Praagh and has three children, Yasha, Sophia Joy, and Elizabeth.




Recent work:

Peter Van Praagh: COVID-19 is an opportunity to reform the international system – National Post, May 20, 2020


Halifax Forum’s Van Praagh on Key 2019 Takeaways, Democracy & New China Strategy Initiative – Defense and Aerospace Report, December 3, 2019

China’s ‘different world view’ major focus of Halifax security forum – The Canadian Press, November 25, 2019

Democracies on the verge of a nervous breakdown –POLITICO, November 25, 2019

As China pushes back at Washington, Halifax security forum honours Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement CBC, November 22, 2019