Aug 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army's annual defense seminar this year will focus on a wide spectrum of global and regional concerns including climate change.
The 'Colombo Defense Seminar - 2018' is scheduled to be held on Thursday and Friday, 30 - 31 August at BMICH and deliberate on the theme, 'Security in an Era of Global Disruptions'.
President Maithripala Sirisena will be the Chief Guest of the inaugural ceremnoy while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been invited to deliver the keynote address after the opening remarks by Secretary of Defense Kapila Waidyaratne.
The two-day seminar would provide an ideal platform for intellectual brainstorming amid a wide spectrum of equal interests in order to seek collective mechanisms to counter such disruptions for sustaining the peace building processes.
Colombo Defense Seminar - 2018, the 8th one in sequence expects to draw 800 foreign and local participants, including 13 foreign and 14 local speakers. Adding a new dimension to the sessions, all Army chiefs in the SAARC region have also been invited for the two-day sessions.
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake announcing arrangements in place for the Army's flagship event at a media briefing on Tuesday said the interactive parley would provide an effective forum for all stakeholders attending the Seminar to understand that no Army in the world could single-handedly find any solutions unlike before since conflicts themselves are connected to a vast sphere of unprecedented nature.
He said the forum, initiated 8 years ago on the other hand educates the budding cadet officers, future heirs to the Sri Lanka Army as well as undergraduates at universities on multiplicity of issues of global security which are of academic value and how the Army as an organization in future should look like and develop to meet with complex issues.
This year's seminar sessions are expected to shed light mainly on 'Demographic Transformation & Implications on Security', 'Technological Disruptions', 'Human-Induced Climate Change' and 'Political Extremism' themes with close focus on 'Human Factors & Homeland Security', 'Global Challenge of Internal Displacement', 'Urban Security in the 21st Century', 'Cyber Conflicts & Future Power', 'Social Media & Authenticity: Global Security Challenges', 'Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Weapons', 'Role of the Military in Response & Mitigating Strategies (Regional Perspective)', 'Role of the Military in Response & Mitigating Strategies (Global Perspective)', 'Climate Geo - Engineering: Challenges & Opportunities', 'Role Played by Violent Non - State Actors', 'Ideological Polarization', 'Destabilizing the International System', 'Diaspora Communities Amidst & Conflict', 'Technological Creativity: Challenges to Armed Forces', 'Climate Change: Future of Warfare' and 'Leadership in Mitigating Violent Extremism'.
In 2017, over 800 delegates including 77 foreign experts from 35 countries participated in the discussions that stimulated critical thinking on 'Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends'.
By first week of August 2018, representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, Chile, Canada, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Maldives, Mozambique, Netherland, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, UK, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe have confirmed their participation.