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November 20-22, 2020



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

Check out the 2020 Forum Program in English and French.

Carol Abraham, New Zealand

Chief Defence Strategy Management, New Zealand Defence Force

Michael Abramowitz, United States

President, Freedom House

Mohammed Abulahoum, Yemen

Head, Justice and Building Party

Alka Acharya, India

Professor of Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Takeshi Akahori, Japan

Ambassador (UN Affairs, Cyber Policy)

Hulusi Akar, Turkey

Minister of National Defense, Ministry of National Defense

Fatima Akilu, Nigeria

Executive Director, NEEM Foundation

Izabela Albrycht, Poland

Chair, Kosciuszko Institute

Sergio Alcocer, Mexico

VP; Mexican Council of Foreign Relations COMEXI

Leila Alieva, Azerbaijan

Affiliate Researcher, Russia and East European Studies, Oxford University

John Allen, United States

President, The Brookings Institution

T.S. Allen, United States

Captain, U.S. Army

Raed al-Saleh, Turkey

Co-Founder and Director, Syria Civil Defence

Rajmund Andrzejczak, Poland

Chief of the General Staff, Polish Armed Forces

David Angell, Canada

Canadian Permanent Representative to NATO, Joint Delegation of Canada to NATO

Niels Annen, Germany

Member, Bundestag; Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office

James Appathurai, NATO

Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Michael Arthur, United Kingdom

President, Boeing International

Thomas Axworthy, Canada

Secretary-General, InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government

Alyssa Ayres, United States

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

James Baker, United States

Director of the Office of Net Assessment, United States Department of Defense

Falah Mustafa Bakir, Kurdistan Region - Iraq

Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Kurdistan Regional Government

Katharine Barber, USA

Wing Commander for the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base Florida, US Air Force

Mustafa Barghouti, Palestine

Secretary General and Co-Founder, Palestinian National Initiative

Espen Barth Eide, Norway

Member of Parliament, Labour Party, The Storting

Rania Barrak, Tunisia

Professor in Military Higher Education, Military Staff College and Superior War College

Emma Barrasso, United States

Strategy and Growth Lead, Owens Corning

John Barrasso, United States

Senator from Wyoming, United States Senate

Rob Bauer, Netherlands

Chief of Defence, Netherlands Armed Forces

François Bausch, Luxembourg

Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Luxembourg

Monik Beauregard, Canada

Associate Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada

Oscar Becerra, Mexico

Director, Due Diligence América Latina, Citi Security & Investigative Services; Member, Colectivo de Análisis de la Seguridad con Democracia

Mónica Beltràn, Canada

Deputy Head of Mission, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Colombia in Canada

Fatou Bensouda

Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

Ryan Berg, United States

Research Fellow in Latin America Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Peter Beyer, Germany

Member, Bundestag; Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Federal Foreign Office

Jack Bianchi, United States

Research Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Lincoln Bloomfield, United States

Chairman Emeritus, Stimson Center

Jason Bordoff, United States

Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Peter Boehm, Canada

Senator from Ontario, Canada

Kenneth Braithwaite, United States

Secretary, United States Navy

Darrell Bricker, Canada

CEO, IPSOS Public Affairs

Laura Bridge, United States

Managing Director, Halifax International Security Forum

Ian Brodie, Canada

Associate Professor, University of Calgary; Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Shelly Bruce, Canada

Chief, Communications Security Establishment

Matthew Bryza, United States

Associate Professor, University of Calgary; Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Ahmet Çalik, Turkey

Chairman, Çalik Holding

Angus Campbell, Australia

Chief of the Defence Force, Australian Defence Force

Leslie Campbell, Canada

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

Joyce Carter, Canada

President and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority

Figo Chan, Hong Kong

Vice Convenor, Civil Human Rights Front

Tasos Chatzivasileiou, Greece

Member of the Greek Parliament, Secretary Gen. of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs

Jessica Chen Weiss, United States

Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

Jim Chilton, United States

Senior Vice President, Space and Launch, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Tom Clark, Canada

Chair, Public Affairs and Communications, Global Public Affairs

Steve Clemons, United States

Editor-at-Large, The Hill

Andrew Clinton, Canada

Director of the Organizational Resilience and Security Division, Asian Development Bank

Eliot Cohen, United States

Dean, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

J. Michael Cole, Taiwan

Senior Fellow, Global Taiwan Institute/Macdonald-Laurier Institute

James Coomarasamy, United Kingdom

Senior Presenter, BBC Radio and World Service

Chris Coons, United States

Senator from Delaware, United States Senate

Marie-Thérèse Corbani, Lebanon

Researcher, Siren Associates

Philip Davidson, United States

Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command

Eli Diamond, United States

Program Manager, Private Foundation

Harris Diamond, United States

Chairman and CEO, McCann Worldgroup

Paula Dobriansky, United States

Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Andrew Duncan, United States


Rachel Durbin, Australia

Director, Future Force Lifecycle Engineering, Navy Capability Division, Royal Australian Navy

Elizabeth Economy, United States

C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Rejanne Eimers-van Nes, Netherlands

Commander, Personnel Logistics, Royal Netherlands Army

Melissa Emmett, United Kingdom

Corps Colonel, Intelligence Corps, British Army

Süleyman Savaş Erdem, Turkey


Comfort Ero, United Kingdom

Program Director, Africa; International Crisis Group

Norbert Eschborn, Germany

Director, Canada Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

Hanne Fugl Eskjær, Denmark

Ambassador of Denmark to Canada, Denmark

Emily Estelle, United States

Research Manager, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute

Nino Evgenidze, Georgia

Executive Director, Economic Policy Research Center

Richard Fadden, Canada

Senior Advisor, Capitol Hill Group

Dean Fealk, United States

Managing Partner; DLA Piper

Neil Ferguson, United Kingdom

Director, MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, School of Public Health, Imperial College London

Bob Fife, Canada

Ottawa Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail

Renée Filiatrault, Canada

Advisory Board, Network for Strategic Analysis on Defence and Security

Andy Fillmore, Canada

Member of Parliament for Halifax; House of Commons, Canada

Brian Finlay, Canada

President and CEO; Stimson Center

Darren Fisher, Canada

Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour; House of Commons, Canada

Ann Fitz-Gerald, Canada

Professor, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Robert Fonberg, Canada

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Christian Forstner, Germany

Executive Director; Hanns Seidel Foundation

Liam Fox, United Kingdom

Member of Parliament; House of Commons

Serena Frechter, United States

Special Assistant to the CEO; Development Finance Corporation

King-wa Fu, Hong Kong

Associate Professor; Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong

Bishop Garrison, United States

Co-Founder and President, Rainey Center, Director, National Security Outreach, Human Rights First

Ulf Gartzke, Germany

Managing Partner, Spitzberg Partners LLC

Matthias Gebauer, Germany

Chief Correspondent; Der Spiegel

Rob Gillies, Canada

Canada Bureau Chief; Associated Press

Chaitanya Giri, India

Fellow, Space and Ocean Studies; Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations

Fellow, Space and Ocean Studies; Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations

Policy Director; U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Dore Gold, Israel

President; Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Katherine Graef, United States

Colonel; United States Special Operations Command

Jerrold Green, United States

President and Chief Executive Officer; President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Green, United States

Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership

Robert Greenhill, Canada

Executive Chairman, Global Canada

Maryscott Greenwood, United States

CEO, Canadian American Business Council; Managing Director, Crestview Strategy

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, France

Member, High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, United Nations; Senior Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Ivana Gutzelnig, Slovak Republic

Director, Military Centre of Aviation Medicine, Ministry of Defence

Peter Hammerschmidt, Canada

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of National Defence

Ibrahim Hamidi, Syria

Senior Diplomatic Editor, Asharq Al-Awsat

Husain Haqqani, Pakistan

Director and Senior Fellow, South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute

Meliza Haradinaj, Republic of Kosovo

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Republic of Kosovo

Jürgen Hardt, Germany

Foreign Policy Spokesman, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Bundestag,

Tammy Harris, Canada

Former Deputy Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Armed Forces

Jane Harman, United States

Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Wilson Center

France Hébert, Canada

Vice President and General Manager, CAE Defence & Security

Mark Hetfield, United States

President and CEO, HIAS

Richard Javad Heydarian, Philippines

Research Fellow, Stratbase-ADR Institute; Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer