World's Security Leaders Convene in Halifax to Tackle Pressing Issues

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Halifax International Security Forum to be streamed live: Leaders will discuss the Arab Spring, global financial crisis, future of NATO and more

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders from more than 40 countries will gather this week at the Halifax International Security Forum to discuss what's next in "Arab Spring" nations, implications of the global financial crisis, the future of NATO, and other top issues affecting international security today. Beginning Friday, November 18, Halifax will welcome Canadian National Defence Minister Peter MacKay, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minster Ehud Barak, former German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, a congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain and Senator Mark Udall, and 300 other leaders from around the world to assess events in 2011 and look ahead to 2012.

The last significant security conference of the year, Halifax's attendees include informed leaders from the military, civilian government, business and academia from around the world. The Forum runs from Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 at the Westin Nova Scotian.

A full list of participants and speakers can be found at http://halifaxtheforum.org/2011-forum/speakers-2/ and http://halifaxtheforum.org/2011-forum/participants/.

People around the world will be able to view the discussions live at www.halifaxtheforum.org. Up-to-date information about the forum is also available on the new Halifax app for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android, which is downloadable at http://getmyapp.me/hisf/.

For media accreditation or to submit interview requests, please contact media@halifaxtheform.org, or call 902-981-6994. Satellite coordinates for the live stream follow the on-the-record agenda.

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    ON-THE-RECORD AGENDAAll times on the agenda are listed in Atlantic Time
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 181500-1545: IntroductionIntroduction: Peter Van Praagh, President, Halifax International Security ForumOpening Speech: The Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, CanadaKeynote Speech: The Hon. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, United States

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1615-1730: Plenary 1: What's Changed Since 9/11? Our Enemies? Ourselves? The World? Mr. Zaffar Abbas, Editor-in-chief, Dawn Mr. Francis Delon, Secretary General for National Defense, FranceDr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University The Hon. Mark Udall, Senator, United StatesModerator: Mr. Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19830-945: Plenary 2: What is the Responsibility to Protect? When? Where? Whom?Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Combined Joint Task Force Commander of Operation Unified Protector NATOThe Hon. Suat Kiniklioglu, AKA Party Central Executive Board Member, TurkeyThe Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, CanadaModerator: Ms. Raghida Dergham, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al Hayat

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1015-1130: Plenary 3: Spring Forward, Fall Back: Revolutions and their Remains Sheikh Mohammed Abu Lahoum, Head, Justice and Building Party, YemenMr. David Kramer, President, Freedom HouseMr. Paul Salem, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center, LebanonDr. Radwan Ziadeh, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies Moderator: Ms. Kathleen Koch, Author & Journalist

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1200-1315: Plenary 4: (It's the Economy, Dumb Eggs) Mr. James Hoge, Jr., Chairman, Human Rights WatchThe Hon. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Distinguished Statesman, CSISModerator: The Hon. Pamela Wallin, Chair, Senate National Security and Defence Committee, Canada

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1430-1500: Halifax Chat: The Hon. Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense, Israel Moderator: Mr. Robin Shepherd, Director, International Affairs, Henry Jackson Society

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1500-1600: Plenary 5: The United States in 2012: Super Power, Super Enabler or Stay at Home Parent? The Hon. John McCain, Senator, United States The Hon. Mark Udall, Senator, United States Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

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1630-1745: Plenary 6: But, Can We Afford It? Smart Security in the Age of LessGen. Stephane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation The Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox, Member of Parliament, United KingdomThe Hon. Swanee Hunt, Chair, Institute for Inclusive SecurityThe Hon. Ljubica Jelusic, Minister of Defense, SloveniaThe Hon. Jeanne Shaheen, Senator, United StatesModerator: Ms. Jeanne Meserve, Member, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Advisory Group

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 201030-1145: Plenary 7: My Kind of NATO? Chicago 2012Mr. James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATOThe Hon. Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security Strategy, Ministry of Defense, United KingdomMr. Bruce Jackson, Founder and President, Project on Transitional DemocraciesModerator: Ms. Mercedes Stephenson, Reporter, CTV News Channel

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1215-1330: Plenary 8: It's That Time: Sharing Global Responsibility Mr. Mobasshar Javed Akbar, Editorial Director, India TodayMr. Hakan Altinay, Senior Fellow, The Brookings InstitutionThe Hon. Masafumii Ishii, Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JapanDr. Joanisval Brito Goncalves, Senior Counselor for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Senate of Brazil Moderator: Mr. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE

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About The Halifax International Security ForumHalifax International Security Forum is a forum and a network for thoughtful and engaged decision-makers from governments, militaries, business, academia, and the media to work together to meet emerging threats in a changing world. The Forum is made possible by generous support from the Department of National Defence and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

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