The Halifax International Security Forum’s three-day gathering in Halifax exudes power. Many of the western world’s decision-makers on matters of international security are firmly planted in Halifax from Nov. 21-23, left to mingle with each other both on the record and behind closed doors. Defence Minister Rob Nicholson opened the proceedings. Nicholson is joined on the east coast by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Chief of the Defence Staff Tom Lawson, U.S. Senator John McCain, and Hadi al Bahra, the President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces. The list of participants spans the globe.
On the agenda: how to cope with inflamed tensions around the world, including multinational efforts to destroy the Islamic State and contain Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambition. Maclean’s political editor Paul Wells will be on the ground in Halifax, and we’ll livestream every second of the forum’s weekend sessions. All times are Atlantic.
Friday, Nov. 21
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Opening Remarks
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm : Opening Panel: Fortress North America, How Glorious? How Free?
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm: The Next Last Great War: The Next Battle for Modernity
Saturday, Nov. 22
8:30 am – 9:45 am: Is Winning Possible? The Laws and Lawlessness of Asymmetrical Warfare
10:15 am – 11:30 am: Who controls the Map? Lost Innocents, Persistent Criminals, Depraved Terrorists
12 pm – 1:15 pm: O Say, Can’t you See? The Indispensable Role of the Exceptional Superpower
1:45 pm: Congressional Delegation Press Conference
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Halifax Chat, H.E. Abdullah Gul, 11th President, Republic of Turkey
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Get Smart: Gaining Intelligence, Missing the Meaning
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm: Africa Breaking Out
Sunday, Nov. 23
10:30 am – 11:45 am: Wanted: Food, Energy, Water – A FEW Good Resources
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: The New Propagandists: The Battle for the Narrative