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20th Edition Of The Shangri-La Dialogue

20th Edition Of The Shangri-La Dialogue:

The 20th edition of the Shangri-La Dialogue, concluded in Singapore recently. Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese delivered the Keynote Address at the Shangri-La Dialogue 2023.

  • The Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is an inter-governmental security forum.
  • Originally known as the Asia Security Summit was initiated in 2002 in response to the evident need for a forum where Asia-Pacific defence ministers could engage in dialogue aimed at building confidence and fostering practical cooperation.
  • It is a Track 1inter-governmental security forum.
  • It is held every year in Singapore since 2002.
  • Organised by: International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
  • IISS is a London-based independent think tank.
  • Defence ministers, permanent heads of ministries and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific states attend it.
  • The ministers debate the region’s most pressing security challenges engage in important bilateral talks and come up with fresh approaches together.
  • The forum gets its name from the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore where it has been held since 2002.
  • It is Asia’s largest annual security forum.