Away from the spotlight,
India holds conference of
global intelligence chiefs
Counterterrorism, radicalisation, drugs trafficking discussed at the Raisina Security Dialogue on
March 1 which saw participation of officials from 26 countries, including U.K., France and Japan
Amid the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and ahead of the Raisina Dialogue, India quietly held the second conference of intelligence and security chiefs and top officials from around the world, called the Raisina Security Dialogue, on March 1 which saw participation from over 26 countries, confirmed multiple sources.
“India is trying to make its presence felt in bringing together global intelligence agencies for exchanges on issues of common concern. The focus of the discussions was largely on global security which encompassed counterterrorism, radicalisation, drugs trafficking, and illegal arms smuggling, among others,” an official source with knowledge of the matter said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval addressed the conference, which is modelled on the lines of the Munich Security Conference, the 59th edition of which took place from February 17 to 19, and Singapore’s Shangri-La Dialogue.
It was a broad-based discussion and shows the global confidence in India, said an official from one of the participating countries.
While the U.S. was absent, intelligence chiefs from the U.K., France, Japan and Bahrain were among those present, the source stated.
Sources said Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns was in India two weeks earlier, from February 16 to 17. He also travelled to Sri Lanka recently, they added.
Mr. Burns, who had missed the conference in April 2022 as well, last visited New Delhi in September 2021 to discuss the challenges arising from the Taliban takeover of Kabul, which also coincided with the visit of Russian Security Council chief General Nikolai Patrushev.
Conducted by R&AW
The security conference is organised by the country’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) that reports to Mr. Doval.
The conference was held for the first time in April 2022, a day before the start of Raisina Dialogue,India’s flagship conference on “geopolitics and geo-strategy” organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in collaboration with Observer Research Foundation (ORF). The eighth edition this year was held from March 2-4.
The conference comes a year after the war in Ukraine that is still ongoing and the global attention fixed on it,while India has been flagging other global issuesincluding Afghanistan.
Deep differences over Ukrainebetween the U.S.-led Western countries and the Russia-China combine thwarted India’s attempts to bring out a joint statement at the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting last week with New Delhi issuing a Chair’s Summary and Outcome Document.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval addressed