Peter Van Praagh is the founder and President of Halifax International Security Forum. He has served as Senior Director for Foreign Policy at the Washington, DC-based German Marshall Fund of the United States, as Deputy Vice President of Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, and as Chief of Party for the National Democratic Institute both in the former Soviet Union and in Turkey. In 2006-07, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Mr Van Praagh is a graduate of University College, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics.