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Djibouti: 2015 Halifax International Security Forum End its Series

Djibouti (HAN) November 22, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability Initiatives News.  2015 Halifax International Security Forum Comes to a Close. The 7th annual Forum of Halifax International Security Forum was advancing a unique vision of security and stability throughout the World. A senior member of the Somali Institute of Security and Diplomacy (SIRAD) has attended the previous conferences and said, “Financing Terror and Selling Drugs in Somalia” are one of the main significantly contributors to empower terrorism in the Horn of Africa. The result was a disastrous regional border wars that actually empowered terrorists in Somalia, Kenya, Eritrea, Djibouti and in Ethiopia.

Seventh Halifax Security Forum Ended with a Message:

President of the Halifax International Security Forum, Peter Van Praagh, was joined by Canadian Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Harjit Sajjan, to officially close the 7th annual Forum this afternoon in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“I thank Minister Harjit Sajjan and all of our panelists and participants for their important contributions to this year’s Forum. The Halifax International Security Forum is indispensable – especially in the face of the attack on Paris,” said Peter Van Praagh. “We offer an opportunity for defense leaders from around the world to come together in thoughtful and provocative discussions about our shared interests in promoting global security and democracy.”

Participants at the 2015 Halifax International Security Forum tackled a wide range of issues, from taking the fight to Daesh on the ground and on the web, to China’s growing military aggression, and the need for the world to accept its collective responsibility to welcome refugees fleeing conflict zones.

“This weekend we explored every problem set, we shared new and innovative ideas, and – most importantly – we established and renewed productive relationships,” said Minister Sajjan. “As a result, I think we are all better equipped to deal with the challenges of tomorrow.”
On November 20 to 22, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosts the prestigious ‘Halifax International Security Forum’ (‘the Forum’), a gathering of thinkers, policy-makers and practitioners from like-minded nations around the world.

The Forum will bring together key players from the fields of security and defence to discuss issues and challenges that face nations from across the global landscape today. In its seventh year, the event has established itself as a major international security event on the world stage.


Regional Update: The upcoming 2016, “The Mogadishu Regional Security and Diplomatic Forum” is an annual summer gathering of top-level present and former government officials from all relevant national security agencies; Diplomats, industry leaders; leading thinkers; nationally noted print and broadcast journalists; and concerned citizens in Somalia and throughout the World. For more information, please visit SIRAD Institute for your participation and Contributions. The Forum covers issues related to the Somali People, “Somalia Through Somali Lenses” : Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 12:00pm to Friday, March 25, 2016 – 7:00pm, Mogadishu, Somalia. 

Halifax Security Forum releases 2015  Global media Comments:

CNN: VIDEO CNN analyst: No consensus on how to defeat ISIS

“CNN analyst and former hostage David Rohde: Experts at security summit agree the only way to defeat ISIS is to destroy the idea of it. The question is how…”

SALON: Ex-US envoy says France could step up special ops against IS
Rob Gillies, Associated Press
“President Barack Obama’s former special envoy to the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State group says that if France wants to step up its military campaign following the Paris attacks it should have special operations forces attack IS leaders…”

REUTERS: U.S. expects F-35 to be part of Canada’s next jet competition
Phil Stewart
“The Pentagon expects the new Canadian government to allow Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter aircraft to compete to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 jets, despite the Liberal Party’s stated opposition to the planes, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said on Saturday…”

SALON: Ex-US envoy says France could step up special ops against IS
Rob Gillies, Associated Press
“President Barack Obama’s former special envoy to the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State group says that if France wants to step up its military campaign following the Paris attacks it should have special operations forces attack IS leaders…”

DEFENSE NEWS: Kaine: ‘Scar Tissue’ from Iraq, Afghanistan Impacts Global Strategy
Aaron Mehta
“As the situation in Syria grinds on and members of the global community consider increasing military action to fight the Islamic State group, a top US Senator today defended the US reluctance for large-scale military intervention…”

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD: U.S. senators in Halifax welcome Canadian pledge to train Iraqi troops
Michael Gorman
“The Canadian government’s decision to increase training for troops on the ground in the fight against ISIS is a key requirement in defeating the terrorist organization, according to American senators at the Halifax International Security Forum…”

NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE: Canada “Committed” to Coalition Despite Pulling Out of ISIL Bombing Campaign
Yasmin Tadjdeh
“In the wake of terror attacks in Paris, Canada remains committed to fighting the Islamic State, but it will stick with plans to withdraw from the air campaign, said its minister of defense Nov. 20…”

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Connecticut senator to participate in security conference
Associated Press
“Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy is participating in an international security forum in Canada where he’ll be talking with U.S. allies about efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. “Murphy is expected to discuss his push to tighten immigration laws, particularly the visa waiver program…argues under current regulations, foreign visitors from any of the 38 participating countries could easily travel to the U.S., buy a gun and use it to cause harm…”

THE GULF TIMES: Canada To fly in 900 Syrian refugees a day
Agence France-Presse
“Canadian officials said details of a plan to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by year’s end would be announced Tuesday. Citing a leaked document, local media said the government was planning to fly in 900 Syrian refugees daily from Jordan to Montreal and Toronto, starting December 1. They pegged the cost of the ongoing operation at Can$1.2 billion over six years…”


Canada’s ISIS fight stance understood by U.S. senators at Halifax meeting
“U.S. senators attending a global security meeting in Halifax say they should be able to work out a strategy with Canada as the new Liberal government moves forward with plans to halt aerial bombing of ISIS in the Mideast…”

ISIS’s social media use examined at Halifax International Security Forum
“Combatting the use of social media as a communication, recruiting and fundraising tool in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a hot topic at this weekend’s Halifax International Security Forum.”


VIDEO Security officials gather at Halifax summit in aftermath of Paris attacks
“This weekend’s Halifax International Security Forum has drawn leading security experts from more than 60 countries across the globe, including Canada’s Minister of Veteran Affairs Kent Hehr, Minister of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan and Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance. Peter Van Praagh, president of the forum, told CTV News Channel that discussions revolving around ISIS had been planned, but now there is a ‘heightened sense of urgency’…”

Ending state-sponsored cyberattacks in China’s best interests: U.S. official

The Canadian Press
“A senior American security official has suggested it remains to be seen whether China will honour an agreement reached this year on state-sponsored cyberattacks on private businesses…”

THE NATIONAL OBSERVER: Minister defends refugee plan, says government is “mindful” of recent attacks:
Ben Cousins, The Canadian Press
“The Liberal government’s plan to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees by the new year is one way that Canada is contributing to the fight against the Islamic State, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Friday.”… “Sajjan was responding to questions about a new poll suggesting just over half of Canadians didn’t support the plan to resettle 25,000 refugees by the end of this year…”


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