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Halifax International Security Forum Welcomes 2019 Class of Peace With Women Fellowship
October 29, 2019



WASHINGTON, DC–Halifax International Security Forum today welcomed to Washington, DC, its newest class of the Peace With Women Fellowship. The 11 participants hail from 10 NATO and NATO-allied countries.

The Peace With Women Fellowship deepens the knowledge and expands the networks of senior women military officers in order to enhance their leadership capacity. After its successful and much acclaimed inauguration in 2018, it is now in its second year.

Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum, met with the Fellows today, saying:

“We are pleased to welcome the second class of the Peace With Women Fellowship. We look forward to the growth these accomplished officers will undergo in the coming weeks. They also bring invaluable experience that will undoubtedly contribute to our broader mission of strengthening strategic cooperation among the world’s democracies. We look forward to seeing them again at the Halifax International Security Forum in November.”

The Fellowship is a three-week executive tour for senior, active-duty, female military officers.

2019 Peace With Women Fellowship Participants
Colonel Doctor Lale Bartoschek, German Air Force
Captain Rachel Durbin, Royal Australian Navy
Brigadier General Lisa Ferris, New Zealand Army
Commodore Solveig Krey, Royal Norwegian Navy
Colonel Solène Le Floch, French Air Force
Colonel Debra Lovette, United States Air Force
Colonel Lysane Martel, Royal Canadian Air Force
Air Commodore Elanor Boekholt-O’Sullivan, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Colonel Tracy Onufer, United States Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Joana Polekauskienė, Lithuanian Land Force
Captain Fiona Shepherd, Royal Navy

About the Fellowship
The program begins on October 29 and concludes at the 2019 Halifax International Security Forum, which will take place November 22-24. The program will travel from Washington, DC to Silicon Valley, Toronto, and Ottawa before concluding at the 11th annual Halifax International Security Forum. Fellows will meet with government, military, business, and academic leaders to deepen their understanding of American and Canadian strategic challenges, as well as the cutting-edge technologies transforming the realities of national security.


For more information, please email fellowship@halifaxtheforum.org.

About Halifax International Security Forum
Halifax International Security Forum is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC. Halifax International Security Forum’s flagship program of the same name is North America’s leading foreign affairs and defense conference. Hosted by Canada’s Minister of National Defence and featuring defense ministers from around the world and a Congressional Delegation from the United States, every November Halifax International Security Forum brings together individuals on the ground who face consequential local threats, writers who challenge and influence the world’s thinking on security, and decision-makers who make the tough choices. It takes place in an unscripted, intimate atmosphere over three days in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The community that meets in Halifax is made up of 300 participants from more than 90 countries. Participants include heads of state, ministers, four-star generals, senior government officials, ambassadors, as well as private sector business leaders. Over the past decade, the Forum has become the essential gathering of democratic leaders committed to global security and prosperity.