Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army's annual defense seminar this year will focus on countering global violent extremism. The seminar is expected to enhance knowledge on the entire range of issues surrounding Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends.
The Seventh 'Colombo Defense Seminar - 2017' themed 'Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends', will be held as a two day forum at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo on 28 and 29 August 2017.
The conclave is to be attended by 800 participants, including 200 foreign representatives. Organizers have extended invitations to all Army Commanders in the SAARC Region for the conference. This year's sessions would be addressed by 15 foreign and 12 local experts.
The conference will be comprised of sessions on the topics 'Violent Extremism', 'Countering Violent Extremism', 'The Role of Armed Forces in Countering Violent Extremism', and 'Mechanism to Counter Violent Extremism' supplemented with topical subjects such as 'Challenges and Dilemmas, National Perspectives - East Asia and West Asia', 'Role of Regional Organizations', 'Impact of Global Governance', 'Legal Implications', 'Intelligence Cyber Challenges and Strategies', 'Specific Tasks of Armed Forces and Civil-Military Relations', 'UN Strategies', 'Education Strategies in Internal Security', 'Public Diplomacy in Countering Violent Extremism', 'Balancing Hard Power and Soft Power', 'Role of Military in Global Governance', 'Empowering Communities to Counter Violent Extremism' and 'Use of Fourth Generation Warfare to Counter Violent Extremism'.
The Sri Lanka Army-organized conference was launched in 2011 as the Defense Seminar and in 2016 it took a new turn and came to be known as the 'Colombo Defense Seminar'.