Collaboration of the National Security Think Tank of Sri Lanka with
top regional Think Tanks
[Aug 27 2016]
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena
Hettiarachchi chaired the inaugural discussion on "Regional security
perspectives" organized by the Institute of National Security Studies of
Sri Lanka (INSSSL) with the collaboration of the COSATT at the ministry
premises on Friday (26th August 2016).
Secretary of Defence / Chairman of INSSSL, Eng.
Karunasena Hettiarachchi, speaking on regional security perspectives
said "The INSSSL would serve as an important arm in framing issues in a
novel perspective, articulating alternative frameworks, identifying and
taking the first national steps to bring about change and ultimately
helping to shape the security debate in the region. From our president
Sirisena's friendly relationship with the region and India's Modi
doctrine which has spelled out clearly the importance of regional
integration individual governments struggle to find the time to deal
with complex cross-border issues from climate change to digital
security, and they cannot be left to deal with these problems alone.
Collaborative think tanks can ensure that governments remain engaged in
multi-stakeholder process; and are essential in ideational processes
that government can apply and other stakeholders can implement. Ranging
from the 2016 Dhaka hostage situation to the border conflicts of
regional powers that continue to unfold, it is vital to recognize the
importance of collaborative integration of the think tanks in the
There were fifteen distinguished scholars from the
region who participated for the discussion and amongst them Major
General (retd.) ANM Muniruzzaman, BIPSS, Dhaka highlighted the
importance of Sri Lanka as a major maritime nation in developing a
maritime security architecture for the security of the South Asian
Dr. Nischel Pandey, CSAS, Kathmandu said that this
collaboration with the INSSL and COSATT is a great achievement. And we
should use this opportunity to strengthen joint research for common
Dr. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Head, Political Dialogue
Asia and Pacific, Konrad Adenauser Stiftung, Singapore stated that "I
wish success for this collaboration and it is very important for Think
Tanks to work in collaborative research."
The Director General of INSSSL, Asanga
Abeyagoonasekera mentioned that "Think Tanks getting together and
collaborating is a great achievement specially to improve the regional
security perspective by scholarly thematic papers and discussions we
could advice governments to make the right decisions and to create a
secure and peaceful world.
The event was a great success, with many ideas and
thoughts on traditional as well as non-traditional security issues in
South Asia brought forward by many scholars.