13-APR-2016: Maj Gen (retd) Prof G G Dwivedi, Faculty of International Studies, Aligarh Muslim University delivered a lecture on 'Professional Course for Foreign Diplomats' at Foreign Service Institute, Delhi. Diplomats from 28 India-friendly countries are attending the month long programme.
Speaking on the "Non Traditional Security Threats-Global Terrorism", Professor Dwivedi said that the basic concept of national security is being redefined and its ambit has exponentially enlarged to include political, economic, environmental and human security to name a few. He said that the lines between external and internal security as also between hard and soft security have blurred and Terrorism being orchestrated by the Non State Actors (NSA's) has added new dimension to the national security dynamics.
Giving overview on the global war against terrorism, Gen Dwivedi gave insight into the origin and modus operandi of the terrorist outfits, namely Al Qaeda and IS, besides highlighting difference between terrorism, insurgency and transnational crime. He pointed out that major reasons for the failure of coalition forces not achieving desired results are due to varying national interests, lack of synergy and half hearted approach. Blind use of force without addressing the ideological dimensions has proved counterproductive, he added.
Prof Dwivedi also elaborated on cross border terrorism, unleashed from the Western neighbourhood, as part of Pakistan's proxy war strategy. He explained India's multi prong strategy, while sharing his own operational experiences.
He concluded saying that 'Non Traditional Threats' have proved to be more intimidating than the conventional ones, requiring innovative and adaptive approach. As conducive environment is a prelude to progress and prosperity, the global community needs to come together, casting aside their differences to combat Non Conventional security threats, particularly terrorism head on, before the situation becomes irredeemable.