RAISINA SECURITY DIALOGUE
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Context: 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.
- 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.
- While the U.S. was absent, intelligence chiefs from the U.K., France, Japan and Bahrain were among those present
- 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 issues including Afghanistan.
- 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
- It was a broad-based discussion and shows the global confidence in India
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Q) India is trying to make its presence felt in bringing together global intelligence agencies for exchanges on issues of common concern. Elaborate. (150 words)