Ministry of External Affairs : Important Updates

Raisina Dialogue: Everything You Need to Know  


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Raisina Dialogue

Mains level: Factors shaping India's foreign policy


  • The ninth edition of the Raisina Dialogue will be held from February 23 in New Delhi.

What is Raisina Dialogue?

  • The Raisina Dialogue is an annual multilateral conference.
  • The inaugural edition was held in March 2016.
  • It is held in New Delhi, India.
  • It is organized by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and held in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
  • It is modelled after Singapore’s Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • The dialogue brings together policymakers, experts, scholars, and leaders from various fields.
  • It focuses on discussing geopolitical, economic, and strategic issues facing the world.

Theme of this year’s edition

  • The theme of the 2024 edition is “Chaturanga: Conflict, Contest, Cooperate, Create,” according to a press release by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • The participants will engage with each other over six “thematic pillars”:
  1. Tech Frontiers: Regulations & Realities;
  2. Peace with the Planet: Invest & Innovate;
  3. War & Peace: Armouries & Asymmetries;
  4. Decolonising Multilateralism: Institutions & Inclusion;
  5. Post 2030 Agenda: People & Progress; and
  6. Defending Democracy: Society & Sovereignty.

Why is it a significant event for India’s Foreign Policy?

  • International Representation: Reflects India’s aspiration to play a leading role and make significant contributions globally.
  • Platform for Engagement: Offers India avenues to engage with key regional and global issues.
  • Advocacy for World Order: Demonstrates India’s commitment to a world order based on rules, inclusivity, and cooperation.
  • Strengthening Global Image: Enhances India’s reputation as a responsible and resilient global partner.

Similar Dialogues around the World

  • Shangri-La Dialogue: Security summit in Singapore organized by the IISS.
  • Munich Security Conference: International conference in Germany focusing on security issues.
  • Halifax International Security Forum: Forum in Canada addressing global security threats.
  • Doha Forum: Dialogue platform in Qatar exploring global peace, security, and cooperation trends.
  • Valdai Discussion Club: Russian think tank organizing annual meetings on global politics and economics.

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