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The Raisina-Dialogue 2016: Conference on Geopolitics and Geo-economics

The Raisina-Dialogue 2016: Conference  on Geopolitics and Geo-economics

The Raisina-Dialogue 2016, a two day flagship conference of India on geopolitics and geo-economics concluded in New Delhi on 3 March 2016. The conference was organised by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a leading think tank of India.The theme of Raisina-Dialogue 2016 was “Asia: Regional and Global Connectivity”.

The Dialogue was attended by Panel of speakers including former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Bangladeshi foreign minister Mahmood Ali and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

About Raisina Dialogue 2016

  • The Raisina Dialogue 2016 explored the prospects and opportunities for Asian integration as well as Asia’s integration with the larger world.
  • It discussed on India’s vital role in the Indian Ocean Region and how India along with its partners can build a stable regional and world order.
  • The 2016 conclave focused on Asia’s physical, economic, digital connectivity and fostering common global spaces with an emphasis on Asia.


The conference name comes from Raisina Hill, the elevation in New Delhi, which is the location of both the Government of India as well as the presidential palace of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan, which inspired the design of the conference symbol.

     Topics of Panel Discussions:

  • Connecting a Continent: An Asian Union
  • A Line in the Water: Underwriting Asian Security
  • Asia @ Africa
  • Liberal Coalitions: Emerging Partnerships for the Asia Pacific
  • Securing Digital Asia: Threats and Opportunities for a Smart Realm
  • Lights of Asia: Future of Energy
  • Waters of Asia
  • South by Southwest: The Threat in the Neighbourhood
  • The conference was a multistakeholder, cross-sectoral meeting involving policy and decision-makers, including Foreign, Defence and Finance Ministers of different countries, high-level government officials and policy practitioners, leading personalities from business and industry, and members of the strategic community, media and academia.







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