Halifax International Security Forum 2009

November 20 - 22, 2009


Russia's Cold War on the Arctic

In 2007, Russian explorers staked their nation's claim to the arctic region by placing a Russian flag on a seabed at the North Pole. A panel of military experts discusses the act's implications for the international community.

Robert Gates: Overcoming Cold War Tensions

United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates argues that despite some lingering tensions between the US and Russia, there are "a lot of opportunities" for cooperation between the two nations. He explains that while the US and Russia have many shared security interests, "Russia seems to have two perspectives on its relationships with the rest of the world today."

Bruce Jackson Compares NATO to 'Desperate Housewives'

Bruce Jackson, Founder and President of Project on Transitional Democracies, compares NATO to TV show Desperate Housewives.

"If you look at NATO since 1989, it's been underemployed, desperately bored staying at home...and desperately promiscuous."

Can We Aspire to a Nuclear-Free World?

Stephen Hadley, a senior advisor for international affairs at the United States Institute for Peace, responds to President Obama's aspirations for a nuclear-free world.

"There are dilemmas here," he says of these goals.

John McCain Foresees Improvement in Afghanistan

John McCain, Republican senior U.S. Senator from Arizona, expresses his hope that the "deteriorating situation" in Afghanistan will improve within the next 18 months.

However, he warns casualties may rise before the situation improves.

Maritime Security: The Dangers of Modern Piracy

Maritime expert Peter MacKay discusses the dangerous impact of modern piracy in weakening maritime security.

While he does not want to appear "alarmist," MacKay feels that the world economy is at risk.

About this conference

The first of its kind in North America, the Halifax International Security Forum 2009 was created to address the 21st century's most pressing security issues. By bringing together policy makers and opinion makers from a wide range of disciplines, the Halifax International Security Forum paints a broad picture of international security issues.

From nuclear proliferation to modern piracy to the war in Afghanistan, there has never been a time where our future looms so large on the horizon. In this compilation of the best speakers of the Halifax International Security Forum, we see experts such as Robert Gates and Bruce Jackson grapple with these issues, offering both caution and hope as we move towards the new year.

About The German Marshall Fund

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe. GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working on transatlantic issues, by convening leaders to discuss the most pressing transatlantic themes, and by examining ways in which transatlantic cooperation can address a variety of global policy challenges. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic.

For more information, visit: http://www.gmfus.org