CONCEPT AND OBJECTIVES
The global trajectory of security has taken a prominent place in achieving a country's cultural, social and economic Objectives. Presently, in the international sphere, a diverse range of issues which are increasingly interconnected and unpredictable are recognized as posing threats to national security. Consequently, these global trends are causing upheaval and distress among nations. This challenging security environment presents an increasingly complex set of trials and opportunities which all nations are working together to solve. Collective engagement and a comprehensive range of policy instruments are necessary to respond to them effectively. This broadened concept of security has in turn influenced how countries now view national safety. In recent years, many countries have developed consolidated national security strategies in order to face modern adversaries whose action are brutal, unpredictable and highly technological. In addition, many countries in the contemporary world are in search of ways of effectively countering the violence staged by such adversaries. In this context, the Sri Lanka Army, with its wealth of experience in successfully facing and eradicating the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world, has come forward with an appropriate and timely attempt to address the issues faced by today's global community.
Collective defence strategies among nations are vital to reach a pragmatic and appropriate response to a highly dynamic global security environment and anticipated future operational requirements. Wary of nations working in isolation, the Sri Lanka Army aspires to bring together a global network of defence partners for crucial discussions towards formulating a collective and assertive approach to repel security threats on nations. Armed with the experience of conducting internationally accepted Defence Seminars as an annual event since 2011, the Sri Lanka Army is on its path to conduct the 'Colombo Defence Seminar' this year as well. Guided by the theme 'Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends', 'Colombo Defence Seminar 2017' will be held as a two day forum at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo on 28 and 29 August 2017.