Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue 2022 (IPRD-2022)
The “Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue” (IPRD) is the Indian Navy’s yearly, recurring, top-level international conference geared at the Indian Navy’s strategic level. The discourse is being led by the National Maritime Foundation NMF, which is also the Indian Navy’s knowledge partner. This year’s edition of the event (IPRD-2022) will be held on 23, 24, and 25 November 2022.
In 2018, the initial conception of an IPRD was made. With the exception of 2020, when it had to be postponed owing to the COVID epidemic, the event has been hosted annually since its initial year in 2018. The IPRD reviews the current geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region and identifies opportunities, dangers, and problems that might be present. It is difficult to exaggerate how important the IPRD is since it is not only essential to India’s own policy-formulation but also to all other nations in the region.
Additionally, IPRD remains crucial to its interests because one of the main goals of the NMF is to conduct analyses of international relations and geopolitical factors that are important to India strategically, with the aim of proposing maritime Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) and amplifying maritime cooperation among seafaring nations as well as to achieve a sustainable security environment in the Indo-Pacific Region.
As the term “Indo-Pacific,” recognises the geopolitical unity of littoral nation-states of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean across a primarily oceanic regional-expanse, it has become intrinsic to global political, economic, and strategic discourse over the past ten years, and as such the Indo-Pacific region continues to be synonymous with the IPRD.
The overarching theme for IPRD-2022:
Operationalising the “Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative” (IPOI) Programme
Overall, IPRD has worked to provide a forum for exploring the development of diverse strategies along a number of contemporary themes and how they could be expected to mould the Indo-Pacific over the pandemic-ridden foreseeable term and beyond. It has also worked to identify opportunities along the following contemporary themes:
Theme 1: Weaving the Fabric of Holistic Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific: Multilateral Options
Theme 2: Constructing Holistic-Security Bridges across the Western and Eastern Maritime Expanse of the Indo-Pacific
Theme 3: Building Maritime Connectivity: Ports, Trade, and Transport
Theme 4: Practical approaches to a Regional Blue Economy [with particular focus on the ecologically-sensitive harvesting of marine resources]
Theme 5: Capacity-building and Capability Enhancement: Leveraging the Physical and Social Sciences
Theme 6: Disaster Risk-Reduction and Management: Solutions for SIDS and Vulnerable Littoral States
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