Chishty Foundation represents Dargah Ajmer Shairf at the 4th Counter Terrorism Conference
While representing Ajmer Dargah Sharif, Haji Syed Salman Chishti will be addressing a special session on Global Terrorism:  Ideological Challenges  at the #CTC2018 Counter-Terrorism Conference 14-16 March 2018 Gurugram, Haryana.
India Foundation’s 4th Counter Terrorism Conference CTC 2018 that begins from March 14, 2018 in association with Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and Government of Haryana.

With technological advancements and changing narratives of globalization, terrorism has also undergone considerable transformation. Today, the agents of terror are far more tech-savvy and globally connected, with an aim of achieving their objectives through continuous innovation. They no longer need an umbrella of any organisation as they are capable of carrying out lone wolf attacks. The ideological commitment is stronger and thus the absence of command and control infrastructure is incapable of posing any hindrance.

With recent successes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the area controlled by the Caliphate has virtually disappeared, but its influence has not diminished. Recent developments in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and other parts of the world indicate that the influence of IS and other jihadi outfits is only increasing with time. No longer can terrorism be discarded as law and order issue or a matter of regional security. These terror groups are forging new alliances to threaten international peace and security.

The 21st century has witnessed usage of innovative technology by the terrorist groups to further their objectives. From devastating missiles to new forms of chemical weapons and drone technology to usage of transport vehicles as mediums of spreading terror, the terrorist groups have tried them all. The innovation is not restricted to weapons but can also be seen in their modes of recruitment and influence on general public. As the terrorists are constantly innovating, it is essential for counter terrorism agencies across the world to innovate in order to counter them and be ahead of them. This conference therefore intends to analyse the changing contours of terrorism in the current scenario and evolve strategies to equip the international community with the technical and analytical ability to counter the menace of terrorism.

This year it gathers over 350 delegates from across 30 countries:
 1.  Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India
 2.  Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India; Director, India Foundation
 3.  Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana
 4.  Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India
 5.  Rehmatullah Nabil, Former Director, National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan
Day 2: March 15, 2018 (Thursday)
Special Keynote 1: Global terrorism: Ideological Challenges
Major General Ahmed Mohammed, Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army
0930 hrs hrs to 1100 hrs: Session 1: Global terrorism: Ideological Challenges
Chair: Alok Bansal, Director, India Foundation
 1.  James Dorsey, Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa, RSIS
 2.  Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor-in-Chief of Rai Al-Youm and Founder and Former
Editor-in-Chief, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Palestine
 3.  Syed Salman Chishty, Gaddi Nashin-Dargah, Ajmer Sharif; Chairman, Chishty Foundation.
4. Yubaraj Ghimire, Journalist and Writer, Nepal
 Session 2: Trends of the New Age Terrorism
Chair: Dhruv Katoch, Director, India Foundation
 1.  Anne Speckhard, Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism
 2.  Saeed Farah Mohamed (Rageh), Minister of Maritime Transport, Ports and Marine
Crime Prevention, Puntland State, Somalia
 3.  Vladimir Andreev, Deputy Head, Department on New Challenges and Threats, Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, Russia
 4.  Syed Ata Hasnain, Former GOC, 15 Corps, India
1300 hrs to 1400 hrs: Lunch
1400 hrs to 1430 hrs: Special Keynote 2: Af-Pak Region as the Epicentre of Global Terror
Amar Sinha, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India
1430 hrs to 1600 hrs: Session 3: Af-Pak Region as the Epicentre of Global Terror
Chair: Rajiv Dogra, Former Ambassador, India
 1.  Habil. Christian Wagner, Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft and Politik, German
Institute for International and Security affairs, Germany
 2.  C. Christine Fair, Associate Professor, Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service,
Georgetown University, Washington, USA
 3.  Abusamat Khaydarov, Former Ambassador, Uzbekistan
 4.  Fredric Grare, Charge de Mission of Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Special Keynote 3: Constructing Effective Counter Narratives
Richard N Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, USA
Session 4: Constructing Effective Counter Narratives
Chair: Lt Gen K Himalay Singh, Ex Corps Commander, 16 Corps, India
 1.  A P Maheshwari, Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development,
Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
 2.  Shafqat Munir, Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies
(BIPSS), Bangladesh
 3.  Nalin Prabhat, Special Additional DGP (Operations), Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
 4.  Mr. N.Rakhimov, Deputy Head, Department of combating terrorism, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Uzbekistan
Day 3: March 16, 2018 (Friday)
Gen V K Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India Ruwan Wijayawardene, State Minister of Defence, Government of Sri Lanka
Chair: Prabha Rao, Senior Fellow, IDSA, India
 1.  Stephen Tankel, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American
University, USA
 2.  Husain Haqqani, Director (South and Central Asia), Hudson Institute, USA
 3.  Min Zaw Oo, Executive Director, Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, Myanmar
 4.  Alexander Evans, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission
1145 hrs to 1315 hrs: Session 6: Future of Terrorism and Terrorism of Future
Chair: R N Ravi, Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, India
 1.  Marc Kahlberg, Head, Vital Cyber Int, Israel
 2.  Ma Xiangwu, Professor , China
 3.  Jacinta Carroll, Director National Security Policy, National Security College, Australian National University
4. Mr Rinat Abubakirov, Expert, Ministry of Defence, Russia
1. Rajiv Gauba, Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India 1400 hrs onwards: Lunch

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