Secretary attends INSSSL Panel Discussion
[Feb 07 2017]
to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi attended a
panel discussion organized by the Institute of National Security Studies
and the High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the
Galadari Hotel in Colombo on Monday (06th February). Secretary
Hettiarchchi delivered the Keynote Address at the discussion titled 'SAARC
Its Impediments and Way Forward'.
The panel of speakers also included the High
Commissioner of Pakistan HE. Maj Gen (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain, former
Ambassador to China and Sri Lanka's UN Permanent Mission in New York and
Geneva Mr. Nihal Rodrigo, Professor and Head of Department, Department
of Govt. Policy and Public Administration, School of Social Sciences and
Humanities, National Universities of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Islamabad, Dr. Syed Rifaat Husaain, Chairman, Pathfinder Group,
Co-Chairman, Karachi Council of Foreign Relations (KCFR) Karachi, Mr.
Ikram Sehgal and the Director of the INSSSL Mr. Asanga Abegoonasekera.
Discussions were held on subjects ranging from the
SAARC, Indus Water Treaty, Issues Impacting Regional Politics and Global
Challenges to South Asia.
The Institute of National Security Studies (INSSSL) is
the premiere national defence think tank of Sri Lanka under the Ministry
of Defence. It was established to understand the security environment
and to work with government to craft evidence based policy options and
strategies for debate and discussion to ensure national security. The
institute regularly conducts discussions on a broad range of thematic
Former service chiefs, members of the diplomatic corps
and distinguished invitees were also present at the occasion.