In the run up to the 19th SAARC Summit which will be held later this year in Islamabad, Pakistan, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), will be organizing a pre-SAARC Summit dialogue, on the 3rd of August 2016, at the BMICH. The Dialogue will bring together SAARC High Commissioners in Colombo; representatives of SAARC observer states; State officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka; intellectuals; academics and media personnel.

The discussion will be divided into two broad themes, ‘Re-Energizing SAARC’ and ‘Terrorism, Security, and Politics in South Asia’. In addition to the remarks of the High Commissioners, it is expected that regional experts and scholars will be able to provide input into the directing South Asia’s agenda over the next few years. It is then anticipated that the proceedings and comments will be amalgamated into a report, which can be shared with the respective South Asian Foreign Ministries thereafter, to add to the debate around South Asia and provide an additional guiding voice to the upcoming 19th SAARC Summit.

The Dialogue will be graced by Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Amunugama, MP, Minister for Special Assignments, Government for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as Chief Guest.

The full concept note is available here.