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International Relations [Paper-II]: International Treaties and Forums, their structure and mandate


  • Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) hosted the 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue and Delhi Dialogue XI at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi from from December 13-14, 2019.
  • For the first time, these two dialogues were held consecutively and on similar Indo-Pacific themes.

Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD)

  • It is a flagship initiative of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), with its origins in the 13th Council of Ministers meeting, held in November 2013 in Perth, Australia.
  • The first IOD was held in Kerala, India in 2014.
  • IOD is IORA’s premier 1.5 track forum for dialogue between academia and officials on strategic issues of interest and concerns facing the Association.

6th IOD

  • During the summit, member states held high-level discussions on the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) role within the Indo-Pacific.
  • The theme for 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue is Indo-Pacific: Re-imagining the Indian Ocean through an Expanded Geography”.
  • The summit was preceded by the 25th Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) on December 12, 2019.

Delhi Dialogue

  • Delhi Dialogue is a premier annual track 1.5 event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and ASEAN.
  • It has been held annually since 2009 and is aimed at finding a common ground and expanding the scope of cooperation between India and ASEAN nations.

Delhi Dialogue XI

  • The theme for Delhi Dialogue XI is “Advancing Partnership in Indo-Pacific”.
  • It is being organized with assistance of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi–based autonomous policy research.

[Source: All India Radio,]


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