What’s in News:
- National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will lead discussions at India’s first such conference of intelligence agency chiefs.
- The conference, modelled on the lines of the annual Munich Security Conference and Singapore’s Shangri-La dialogue, is expected to bring together heads and deputy heads of the top intelligence and security organisations from more than 20 (mostly Western) countries and their allies.
- The meeting takes place on the sidelines of the “Five Eyes alliance,” which brings together the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia to collaborate on terrorism and security matters.
Shangri La Dialogue
- The Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is an annual international security meeting hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore, an independent think tank.
- The Shangri-La Dialogue has grown into a major Asia-Pacific strategic forum.
- Defense ministers, permanent heads of ministries, and military leaders from Asia-Pacific countries are expected to participate, where they debate the region’s most pressing security challenges, engage in important bilateral talks and come up with fresh approaches together.
Munich Security Conference
- Since 1963, the Munich Security Conference has been an annual conference on international security policy held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
- Meetings and presentations bring together heads of state, diplomats, and corporate executives from the world’s leading democracies.
- It is the largest meeting of its kind in the world.
- MSC has evolved into the most significant independent venue for international security policy decision-makers to exchange ideas.
Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance
- Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States make up the Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance.
- The multinational UKUSA Agreement, a pact for collaborative signals intelligence cooperation, has these nations as signatories.
- The FVEY’s beginnings may be traced back to informal private meetings between British and American code-breakers during World War II.
- It began before the United States formally entered the war, and was followed by the Allies’ Atlantic Charter of 1941, which laid out their vision for the postwar world.