Internal Security Trends and Incidents

What is the Five Eyes (FYEY) Alliance?


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Five Eyes (FYEY) Alliance, Munich Security Dilogue, Raisina Dilogue

Mains level: India's global prowess

The annual Raisina Dialogue in Delhi held this year by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will host intelligence agency chiefs of several countries.

What is the conference about?

  • The conference is modelled on the lines of the annual Munich Security Conference and Singapore’s Shangri-La dialogue.
  • It is expected to bring together heads and deputy heads of the top intelligence and security organisations from more than 20 — mostly Western countries and their allies.
  • Intelligence chiefs and deputies from Australia, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand are among those expected to attend the conference.
  • The meet is held on the sidelines of the “Five eyes alliance” of the U.S., U.K., Canada, New Zealand and Australia, who coordinate on terrorism and security issues.

What is the Five Eyes Alliance?

  • The Five Eyes (FVEY) is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • These countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.
  • The origins of the FVEY can be traced to informal secret meetings during World War II between British and American code-breakers.
  • It was started before the US formally entered the war, followed by the Allies’ 1941 Atlantic Charter that established their vision of the post-war world.

Back2Basics: Munich Security Conference

  • The Munich Security Conference is an annual conference on international security policy that has been held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1963.
  • It brings together heads of state, diplomats and business leaders from the world’s leading democracies for three days of meetings and presentations.
  • It is the world’s largest gathering of its kind.
  • Over the past four decades the MSC has become the most important independent forum for the exchange of views by international security policy decision-makers.


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