Security and Peace Conference in Halifax
Some of the most powerful political and military figures, including Robert Gates, Admiral Mullen, John MacCain and Military leaders from the EU will be descending upon Halifax, Nova Scotia this weekend.
The meeting is poised to discuss both Trans-Atlantic and North American Security. The way ahead in Afghanistan will also be on the agenda.
Canada has long believed and enacted a 3D approach (Diplomacy , Governance, Development and Defence) toward Afghanistan. Canada's contribution in Kandahar Province has been commendable.
There are a number of Forward Operating Bases (FOB) outside of the Kandahar Airfield. These FOBs have provided security to villages and enabled development.
The conference will also deal with the threat of terror both in North America and in EU countries..
John McCain, who is already in Halfax, told CBC Newsnet that it is regrettable that Canada will be withdrawing in 2011. Peter MacKay voiced his opinion that this pointed to the remarkable contribution Canada has made in Kandahar. General McChrystal's strategy is largely what can has been doing all along.
The resolutions coming from this conference should be revealing as to President Obama's direction in Afghanistan.
Some of the most powerful military figures on Earth — people with titles like supreme allied commander — are set to descend on Halifax this weekend.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay says it will be a gathering of a "very exclusive club of countries" having anything but "run-of-the-mill discussions" about global security, nuclear weapons and foreign policy.
While some people dismiss the high-profile military minds gathering in Nova Scotia as war criminals, Halifax Regional Police aren’t expecting trouble.
As host, Mr. MacKay intends to use the conference to highlight Canada’s contributions to global peace and security.
"It is a stepping up of Canada’s presence on the world stage," Mr. MacKay said in an interview from Ottawa this week.
"We’ve never hosted a security conference of this nature in Canada, let alone North America. And I believe this is of great significance."