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Watch live: Halifax international security forum

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If you’re looking for people who wield power on matters of war and international security, look no further than Halifax’s Westin Nova Scotian hotel. Dozens of defence ministers, military leaders, think-tank leaders, academics and journalists will have it out on today’s toughest global issues as they gather for the 2015 Halifax International Security Forum, the annual three-day meeting of minds that calls the east coast home.

Check out the wide-ranging agenda below. We’ve indicated which sessions are off the record, and for only the eyes and ears of those in the room, but we’ll livestream everything else. Check back for the latest agenda. All times Atlantic.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

3 p.m. — Introduction

– Mr. Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum

Opening Speech

– The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada


3:15 p.m. — New Canadian Ideas. Same Old World?

Produced for Canadian TV Show  The West Block with Tom Clark

– General John Allen, Ret., Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution

– Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander, North American Aerospace and Defense Command and United States Northern Command

– The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada

– Dr. Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

– General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

MODERATOR: Mr. Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent, Global News


4:45 p.m. — Plenary 1: Cooperate, Contain, or Conquer: Prioritizing Strategy 70 Years On

– The Hon. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defense, Georgia

– The Hon. Tzipi Livni, Co-Leader, Zionist Union Party and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel

– The Hon. Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri, Minister of National Defense, Colombia

– The Hon. Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense

MODERATOR: Dr. Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs


7 p.m. — Gala dinner

Presentation of the Builder Award  The Hon. Peter MacKay, PC, QC


9:30 p.m. — Night Owls (Off the record)

China’s Bottom Line: A Dim Sum

– The Hon. Toshiro Iijima, Ambassador in charge of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

– Dr. John Lee, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

– The Rt. Hon. Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Chairman, Bank of England, Cyber Security Advisory Panel

MODERATOR: Mr. Joshua Rogin, Columnist, Bloomberg View, and Political Analyst, CNN


Mullahs with Moolah: The World After the Iran Deal

– Dr. Paul Salem, Vice President for Policy and Research, Middle East Institute

– Dr. Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

– Dr. Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Senior Fellow, CNA

MODERATOR: Dr. Josef Joffe, Editor, Die Zeit


Putin Rules by Putin’s Rules

– The Hon. Niels Annen, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, SPD Parliamentary Group, Bundestag, Germany

– General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

– The Hon. Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Minister of Defense, Montenegro

MODERATOR: The Hon. Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

8:30 a.m. — Plenary 2: Breaking Rules: Discipline or Disorder in the Global Playground

– The Hon. Tim Kaine, Senator (D-VA), United States

– Ms. Isabelle Lasserre, Associate Editor, Le Figaro

– General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

– The Hon. Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

MODERATOR: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs


10:15 a.m. — Plenary 3: Breaking Tradition: Modern Muslims Advance

– Mr. Mohammed Abulahoum, Head, Justice and Building Party, Yemen

– Mr. Yusuf M¸ft¸olu, Senior Advisor, Macro Advisory Partners

– Dr. Alaa Murabit, Founding President, Voice of Libyan Women

– Mr. Ahmed Rashid, Journalist

MODERATOR: Ms. Yalda Hakim, Presenter, Impact, and Correspondent, BBC World News


12:00 p.m. — Introduction to Asia-Pacific Security Challenges

– Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, United States Pacific Command

Plenary 4: Broken China: Handle with Care

– The Hon. Antonio Carpio, Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines

– Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

– Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander, United States Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service

– Dr. Russell Trood, Professor International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University

MODERATOR: Ms. Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC


2:30 p.m. — Halifax chat

– General John Allen, Ret., Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution

MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator


3 p.m. — Plenary 5: The American Fix: Best Dosage for Optimal Results

– The Hon. Jane Harman, Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

– Mr. Garry Kasparov, Chairman, United Civil Front

– The Hon. Chris Murphy, Senator (D-CT), United States

– Ms. Lina Sinjab, Middle East Correspondent, BBC News

MODERATOR: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator


4:45 p.m. — Plenary 6: Responsibility to Welcome: Yours. Mine. Ours.

– The Hon. Niels Annen, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, SPD Parliamentary Group, Bundestag, Germany

– The Hon. Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

– Mr. Mark Hetfield, President and Chief Executive Officer, HIAS

– The Hon. Mimi Kodheli, Minister of Defense, Albania

MODERATOR: Ms. Kathleen Koch, Author, Journalist, and Founder, LeadersLink


7:30 p.m. Dinner sessions (Off the record)

Arctic Rivalries

– Mr. Colin Robertson, Vice President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

HOSTED BY: Mr. David J. Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy, The McCain Institute for International Leadership


From Athens to Brussels: Europe on the Line

– The Hon. Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

– The Hon. Zoran Jolevski, Minister of Defense, Macedonia

HOSTED BY: Mr. Francois Lafond, Executive Director, EuropaNova


Being Israel

– The Hon. Tzipi Livni, Co-Leader, Zionist Union Party and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel

– Mr. Gerald Steinberg, Professor, Political Studies, Bar llan University, and President and Founder, NGO Monitor

HOSTED BY: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Publisher, The Commentator


Climate: Warming Up for Paris

– Dr. Gal Luft, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

– General Gerson Menandro Garcia De Freitas, Chief of Strategic Affairs of the Joint Staff, Ministry of Defense, Federative Republic of Brazil

HOSTED BY: Dr. Darrell Bricker, Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Global Public Affairs


Come Together? The Case for a United Korea

– Dr. Matake Kamiya, Professor of International Relations, National Defense University

– Dr. Sue Mi Terry, Managing Director, BowerGroupAsia

HOSTED BY: Mr. Randy Scheunemann, President, Orion Strategies


The Cuban Thaw and the Future of Latin American Democracy

– Mr. Antonio Rodiles, Director, State of SATS

– Dr. Christopher Sabatini, Founder and Executive Director, Global Americans, and Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

HOSTED BY: Dr. Luis Rubio, Chairman, Center of Research for Development


From India to Japan: The Importance of Democratic Asia

– The Hon. Toshiro Iijima, Ambassador in charge of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

– H.E. Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration

HOSTED BY: Dr. Daniel Twining, Senior Fellow for Asia, German Marshall Fund of the United States


Making Peace: Lessons from Colombia

– Lieutenant General Joseph DiSalvo, Military Deputy Commander, United States Southern Command

– The Hon. Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri, Minister of National Defense, Colombia

HOSTED BY: Mr. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability


The Next Wave of Attack: Terror on the Trains

– Dr. Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

– Dr. Alexis Wichowski, Director of Research and Communication, Harmony Institute

HOSTED BY: Mr. Dean Fealk, Partner and Group Chair, DLA Piper


Post-American Stress Disorder: From Afghanistan to ISIS

– Dr. Constanze Stelzenm¸ller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

– General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

HOSTED BY: Mr. James H. Baker, Director, Office of Net Assessment, United States Office of the Secretary of Defense


Qui est Charlie? Europe’s Integration Problem

– Dr. Camille Grand, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research

– Dr. Jackson Janes, President, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

– Mr. Peter Siklósi, Deputy Secretary of Defense Policy and Planning, Ministry of Defense, Hungary

HOSTED BY: Dr. John Glenn, Policy Director, US Global Leadership Coalition


Ruling the Waves: China Whets its Dream

– Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

– Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi, Former Vice Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Japan

– Admiral Nirmal Verma, Ret., Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, United States Naval War College

HOSTED BY: Dr. Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies


Stopping Traffic: Ending the Modern Slave Trade

– Ms. Yalda Hakim, Presenter, Impact, and Correspondent, BBC World News

– Ms. Cindy McCain, Co-Chair of the Arizona Task Force on Human Trafficking, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

HOSTED BY: The Hon. Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership


Terror Plots, Meet Covert Ops

– Dr. Jean-François Ratelle, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

HOSTED BY: Mr. W. Bruce Weinrod, Senior Counsel, Global Impact


Turkey’s Tough Neighbourhood

– Ms. Ellen Laipson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stimson Center

HOSTED BY: Mr. Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute


Ukraine’s Tug of War

– The Hon. Ilya Ponomarev, Deputy, Novosibirsk, State Duma, Russian Federation

– The Hon. Vadym Prystaiko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine

– Mr. Andrei Sannikov, Chairman, European Belarus Foundation

HOSTED BY: The Hon. Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University


Unhelpful Help: The Saudi Model

– Dr. Bessma Momani, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo

– General Amos Yadlin, Ret., Director, Institute for National Security Studies

HOSTED BY: Dr. Jerrold Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy


What’s New with Nukes

– Dr. Yoko Iwama, Professor of International Relations, National Graduate Institute for Policy

– Mr. Nicolas Roche, Director for Strategy and Policy, Military Applications Division, French Atomic Energy Commission

– Mr. Taylor Wilson, Nuclear Physicist, University of Nevada, Reno

HOSTED BY: Mr. Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22

7 a.m. — 5K run with Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence


9 a.m. — Breakfast sessions (off the record)

Inclusive Security: Winning With Women

– General John Allen, Ret., Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution

– Ms. Smadar Perry, Middle East Senior Editor, Yediot Ahronot

– General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

– Ms. Amira Yahyaoui, Founder and Executive Director, Center 247

MODERATOR: Ms. Jacqueline O Neill, Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security

Cheap Energy, Pricey Consequences

– The Hon. John Barrasso, Senator (R-WY), United States

– Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, Chair, 2016 World Energy Congress Organizing Committee, World Energy Council

– Mr. Laurent Ruseckas, Senior Advisor, Eurasian Gas, IHS Energy

MODERATOR: Dr. Constanze Stelzenm¸ller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution


10:30 a.m. — Plenary 7: Hi-Tech, Bio-Tech: Unleashing Known Unknowns

– The Hon. Brian Gallant, Premier, New Brunswick

– Ms. Annie Jacobsen, Investigative Journalist and Author

– General David Perkins, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

– Dr. Heather Roff, Research Scientist, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University

MODERATOR: Mr. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic; Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE & QuartzLIVE


12:15 p.m. — Plenary 8: Financing Terror: Selling Drugs, Enslaving Women, Making Money

– The Hon. Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government

– The Hon. Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

– Ms. Cindy McCain, Co-Chair of the Arizona Task Force on Human Trafficking, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

– Mr. Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director, Samir Kassir Foundation

MODERATOR: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University


 

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