Saint Mary's University's recently hosted an engaging public panel discussion, that serviced as a precursor to the Halifax International Security Forum three-day annual conference.
The panel, entitled Discord, Disruptions, Disorder: A World Without International Institutions, took place on November 15th in the McNally Theatre Auditorium. The event is the result of a partnership between the Halifax International Security Forum, Dalhousie University and Saint Mary's.
“The goal of the Forum is to start conversations between decision-makers and opinion-leaders from around the world that help shape foreign policy,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum. “Our partnership with Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s ensures that tomorrow’s leaders have a voice in those discussions.”
Mercedes Stephenson, host of The West Block on Global News, moderated the discussion.
Kenan Rahmani, an advisor to Syrian civil society organizations, most notably The White Helmets;
Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director of the Samir Kassir Foundation in Beruit;
Antonio Ramalho da Roche, Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasilia; and
Daouda Sembene, former Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund.
“As a city with a truly global outlook, Halifax is a fitting site for this esteemed gathering of thinkers and problem solvers,” said Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University. “We are extremely proud to host this year’s very timely public debate over the future of our global institutions.
The Halifax International Security Forum is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC.