Raisina Dialogue

The Raisina Dialogue is a multilateral conference held annually in New Delhi. Since its inception in 2016, the conference has emerged as India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics. The conference is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation, an independent think tank, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

The conference is structured as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral discussion, involving a variety of global policymakers including heads of state, cabinet ministers and local government officials. In addition, The Dialogue also welcomes major private sector executives, as well as members of the media and academia. It is designed on the lines of Singapore's Shangri-La Dialogue.[1]

The name "Raisina Dialogue" comes from Raisina Hill, an elevation in New Delhi, seat of the Government of India, as well as the Presidential Palace of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan.[2]

Raisina Dialogue 2016

Minister of External Affairs, Ms Sushma Swaraj during Raisina 2016

The first Raisina Dialogue was held from March 1–3, 2016. Over 100 speakers from over 35 countries attended to speak on the theme, “Asia: Regional and Global Connectivity”. The focus of the 2016 conference was on Asia’s physical, economic, human and digital connectivity. Panels and discussions explored opportunities and challenges for the region to manage its common spaces, as well as the global partnerships needed to develop common pathways in this century.

Following the inaugural conference, the news media lauded the event as “packing a global punch in Delhi”.[3] The conference report can be found online.

PM Modi during Raisina 2017
PM Modi during Raisina 2017

Raisina Dialogue 2017

In 2017, The Dialogue was held from January 17–19. Held on a larger scale, the conference welcomed over 120 speakers from 65 countries and upwards of 800 participants. Attendees discussed the theme, “The New Normal: Multilateralism with Multipolarity”. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 2017 edition of the Raisina Dialogue. Other eminent speakers included the former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai; the former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper; Nepal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prakash Sharan Mahat; the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson; the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of France, Jacques Audibert; the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Africa, Admiral Michelle Howard; the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, Jr.; and the Indian Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat.The conference report can be found online.[4]

Raisina Dialogue 2018

The third edition of The Raisina Dialogue was held at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi, India from January 16–18, 2018.

The theme for the 2018 Conference is “Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions and Idioms”. This theme is designed to explore the shifting dynamics within the global order; where old relationships need new directions, emerging partnerships face unprecedented constraints and the notions of power and sovereignty are challenged. The Dialogue will foster discussion on the role of institutions, the possibility of collective action and successful responses to these modern developments.[5]

Raisina Dialogue 2018 was attended by following scholars and officials:[6]

Name Designation Country
Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India  India
Sushma Swaraj Foreign Minister of India  India
S Jaishankar Foreign Secretary (India)  India
Konstantin Kosachev Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council  Russia
Hans Dahlgren State Secretary for International and EU Affairs to Prime Minister  Sweden
Jayant Sinha Ministry of Civil Aviation (India)  India
Gabriela Ramos OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20  Mexico
Yao Zhang Founder & CEO, Roboterra  China[7]  United States
Peter Swire Professor of Law and Ethics, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology  United States
Thomas Gomart Director, IFRI  France
Heather Hurlburt Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America  United States
Houda Cherif President, Connecting Group Tunisia  Tunisia
Bi-Khim Hsiao Senior Adviser, The Prospect Foundation  Taiwan
Li Li Deputy Director, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania Institute, CICIR  China
Lucy Shule Lecturer and Director of Studies, National Defence College  Tanzania
General Bipin Rawat Chief of Army Staff, India  India
General Chris Deverell Joint Forces Commander, U.K.  United Kingdom
Husain Haqqani Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute  United States
Vyacheslav Nikonov Member of the State Duma, Russia  Russia
M.J. Akbar Minister of State External Affairs, India  India
Zalmay Khalilzad Former Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations  United States
Smriti Irani Minister for Textiles and Information and Broadcasting, India  India
Wendy Ruth Sherman Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group  United States
Pascale Fung Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology  Hong Kong
Suresh Prabhu Minister of Commerce and Industry, India  India
Kenneth Juster U.S. Ambassador to India  United States
Esther Ndichu Vice President of Public Affairs, UPS (Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa)  Kenya
Saad Mohseni Chairman and CEO, Moby Group  Afghanistan  Australia
Christopher Pyne Minister for Defence Industry, Australia  Australia
Maliki Osman Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Singapore  Singapore
Stephen Harper Former Prime Minister, Canada  Canada
Igor Morgulov Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russia  Russia
Ina Lepel Director-General on Asia and the Pacific, Federal Foreign Office, Germany  Germany
Shashi Tharoor Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, India  India
Marek Magierowski Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland  Poland
Carl Bildt Former Prime Minister, Sweden  Sweden
Geoffrey Van Orden Member of the European Parliament for the East of England  England
Hardeep Singh Puri Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, India  India
Daniel Andrews Premier of Victoria, Australia  Australia
Nisha Desai Biswal President, US-India Business Council  United States
Kentaro Sonoura Advisor to the Prime Minister (National Security), Japan  Japan
Tsutomu Kikuchi Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University  Japan
Ram Madhav National General Secretary, BJP  India
Shen Dingli Professor, Fudan University  China
Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour Deputy Foreign Minister, Iran  Iran
Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel  Israel
István Mikola Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation, Hungary  Hungary
General V. K. Singh Minister of State for External Affairs, India  India
Hamid Karzai Former President, Afghanistan  Afghanistan
Yalda Hakim Host, BBC World News  Australia
Ryamizard Ryacudu Minister of Defence, Indonesia  Indonesia
Vasantha Senanayake State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka
Shankar Das Bairagi Foreign Secretary, Nepal    Nepal
Baijayant Panda Member of Parliament, India  India
Amitabh Kant CEO, NITI Aayog  India
Vijay Shekhar Sharma Founder and Head, Paytm  India
Admiral Sunil Lanba Chief of Naval Staff, India  India
Admiral Harry Harris Commander, U.S. Pacific Command  United States
Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan  Japan
Vice Admiral Tim Barret Chief of Navy, Australia  Australia
Yul Sohn Director, East Asia Institute  South Korea
Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh  Bangladesh
General (Retd.) David H. Petraeus U.S. Army, Retired  United States
Swapan Dasgupta Member of Parliament, India  India
Premdut Koonjoo Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Republic of Mauritius  Mauritius


Each year, The Raisina Dialogue publishes a series of publications in order to ensure a continual dialogue of conference themes and highlights. Among these publications are The Raisina Files, which contain a set of commentaries authored by high-profile speakers and delegates.

Additionally, ORF publishes a Defence Primer and several policy reports to supplement the conversations held at each conference.

See also


  1. ^ What is Raisina Dialogue
  2. ^ "Raisina dialogue website".
  3. ^ "Ndtv".
  4. ^ "Raisina 2017" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Raisina 2018".
  6. ^ http://cf.orfonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Raisina-2018-Programme1812.pdf
  7. ^ http://cf.orfonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Raisina-2018-Programme1812.pdf

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