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INSSSL holds second 'Security Salon'

[Nov 01 2016]

The second 'Security Salon' conducted by the Institute of Security Studies, Sri Lanka (INSSSL) was held at the Defence Ministry on Friday (28th October) under the patronage of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi.

Director General of the INSSSL, Asanga Abeyagoonesekera delivering the opening remarks highlighted the task of INSSSL as a national security think tank that was established with a vision to improve policy and decision making through high quality research and analysis with excellence and emphasized its mission as to continuously support the Ministry of Defence in the formulation and execution of strategic policies and plans for a safe, secure and sovereign nation with territorial integrity.

The Security Salon is a forum created to discuss timely and relevant topics of interest to national, regional and international security and is a space for intellectual debate and discussion. The guest speaker at the second Security Salon, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Executive Director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo delivered his address on "Security in the age of Globalization"

Dr. Ahamed was keen to emphasise that the concept of security at present holds a new and different meaning while investigating what has changed and generated so much interest in recent years. He pointed out one phenomenon that immediately comes to the fore as that of violent extremism and it generates interest and concern whether it be in London, Karachi or Tokyo and for the first time the same concept is discussed all over the world, therefore, this appears to be the first time that an issue has implications globally.

Ministry officials, senior security forces officers, members of the diplomatic corps and INSSSL officials were also present the occasion.

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