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November 22-24, 2019

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, Senior Advisor for Asia, Halifax International Security Forum, Payson J. Treat Fellow in Contemporary Asia, Hoover Institute, Stanford University

Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Ian Brodie, Director of Studies, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

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

Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute

Dean Fealk, Chair, Global Strategy & Innovation, Halifax International Security Forum, Managing Partner, DLA Piper

John Glenn, Policy Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

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

Heather Hurlburt, Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America

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

François Lafond, Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Republic of North Macedonia

Paz Magat, Director, Peace With Women Fellowship, Halifax International Security Forum

C. Dixon Osburn, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy Center

Roland Paris, Professor of International Affairs, University of Ottawa

Luis Rubio, Chairman, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations

Chris Sabatini, Senior Fellow for Latin America, Chatham House

Randy Scheunemann, Senior Counselor, Halifax International Security Forum

Robin Shepherd, Vice President, Halifax International Security Forum

Janice Stein, Chair of the Board of Directors, Halifax International Security Forum, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security Forum

Kurt Volker, Senior International Advisor, Advisory Board Member, BGR Group

W. Bruce Weinrod, Adjunct Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Michael Abramowitz

President, Freedom House, United States

Mohammed Abulahoum Head

Justice and Building Party, Yemen

Raed al-Saleh

Co-Founder and Director, Syria Civil Defence, Turkey

Izabela Albrycht Chair

Kosciuszko Institute Poland