'Colombo Defence Seminar 2017'
September 2017

Colombo Defence Seminar, organised by Sri Lanka Army was held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo. This year's sessions focused on the theme ‘Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends.'The seminar brought together an audience of 800 representatives (civil and military), analysts, advisers and defence experts, including 306 foreign delegates from 82 countries.

The ‘Colombo Defence Seminar 2017' provided a conducive forum for world-wide defence partners, policy-makers, strategists and analysts to engage in interactive sessions and learn about countering violent extremism around the globe. Their ability to collectively assess rapidly changing global trends and ways and means of countering such violent threats harnessed diverse opinions, intellect, skills and technical know-how, which were essential for the formulation of viable policy decisions during the Seminar.

The Seminar proceeded through carefully sequenced sessions, which will comprise of presentations, panel discussions, participant oriented group discussions on subtopics namely ‘Violent Extremism', ‘Countering Violent Extremism', ‘The Role of Armed Forces in Countering Violent Extremism' and ‘Mechanism to Counter Violent Extremism', supplemented by topical subjects such as ‘Challenges and Dilemmas, National Perspectives - East Asia and West Asia', ‘Role of Regional Organisations', ‘Impact of Global Governance', ‘Legal Implications', ‘Intelligence Cyber Challenges and Strategies', ‘Specific Tasks of Armed Forces and Civil-Military Relations', ‘UN Strategies', ‘Education Strategies in Internal Security', ‘Public Diplomacy in Countering Violent Extremism', ‘Balancing Hard Power and Soft Power', ‘Role of Military in Global Governance', ‘Empowering Communities to Counter Violent Extremism' and ‘Use of Fourth Generation Warfare to Counter Violent Extremism'.

SriLankan Airlines was the official airline partner of the Defence Seminar 2017.