Now in its third year, the Halifax International Security Forum, to be held November 18-20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has established itself as a must-attend event for thoughtful leaders who deal with defense and security issues. A dynamic and innovative conference held in an informal setting, it features unscripted discussions between panelists and participants on sensitive topics that other conferences shy away from. Foreign Affairs is proud to be involved with the conference for the first time.
The Halifax International Security Forum hosts 300 speakers and participants, including cabinet ministers and senior government officials, four-star generals, supreme court justices, legislators, business leaders, journalists, writers, academics, and experts from prominent think tanks and NGOs. Among this year’s participants will be U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mark Udall (D-CO), Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Peter McKay (Minister of National Defense, Canada), Gen. Stéphane Abrial, (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO), Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. (Commander, U.S. Northern Command), Gerald Howarth (Minister for International Security Strategy, Ministry of Defense, United Kingdom) and the Defense Ministers of Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Mongolia, Serbia, and Slovenia.
The Forum emphasizes engagement through a wide variety of exchanges and settings. These include eight on-the-record plenary sessions that are televised and webcast, two of which will be moderated by Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose and Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman. Participants also attend off-the-record late-night sessions and small dinner discussions that bring them together in closed-door, confidential settings.
Halifax defines international security broadly and focuses discussions on the connection between security, economy, politics, and defense.