PDNS to be held in Pune on September 15 and 16

ST Correspondent
Friday, 8 September 2017

India’s strategic position, national security to be discussed

Pune: India’s strategic position in the new world, extremist trends and the concerns about national security will be discussed by experts from the field during the Pune Dialogue on National Security (PDNS) to be organised in the city on September 15 and 16. 

Pune International Centre (PIC), Policy Perspective Foundation, Delhi, The Tribune Trust, Chandigarh, Sakal Social Foundation, Pune and Centre For Advanced Strategic Studies (CASS), Pune have organised the 3rd PDNS at YASHADA, Pune. The dialogue is open only to invited delegates and members of PIC and other collaborating organisations.

National security experts and eminent officers from all three Armed Forces, both serving and retired, will participate in this conference which revolves around pertinent national security themes such as maritime security, nuclear deterrence, cyber space challenges and opportunities, national resources 
and others.

Renowned economist and Vice-President of PIC Dr Vijay Kelkar announced the list of speakers and the subjects of the dialogue during a press conference held in the city on Monday. 

“The PDNS 2017 will cover three themes over two days. These will deal with - India and the emerging new world order, extremist trends in Islam and India and rise of China and its impact on India. Dr Dmitry Suslov, Director of Research at Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, Professor John Hemmings, Director of Asia Studies Centre, Henry Jackson Society, London, 

Prof Shen Dingli and Professor Tsutomu Kikuchi will be some of the key speakers,” he said.

Kelkar added that experts such as the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, Chief Economic Advisor of the government of India, former Intelligence Bureau chief, RAW Chief and some foreign secretaries of India will attend this conference. “In addition, for the first time, PDNS 2017 will also be attended by international experts from Afghanistan, China, Russia, UK, Japan and USA, who will deliver keynote addresses. This year, the valedictory session will be chaired by Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, NN Vohra and member of NITI Aayog, VK Saraswat will deliver the valedictory address,” he added.

Kelkar further said that a post-dialogue report on the salient aspects of discussion and key recommendations will be compiled by PIC and shared with the Prime Minister’s Office, National Security Advisor and other stakeholders in the domain of national security.

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