26th Chaophraya Dialogue – Emerging Leaders Forum
Joint Recommendations

Young leaders and mid-career professionals from India and Pakistan met in Bangkok on the 30th of September and 1st of October for the 26th Chaophraya Dialogue – Emerging Leaders Forum. They agreed to the following recommendations:

    • Set up university-level internet-based collaborations (skype conversations leading to publications), on issues of common interest bringing on board shared non-traditional security concerns (for instance city smog/ pollution, natural resources/ livelihoods).

 

    • Link up the initiatives under the Chaophraya Dialogue with the South Asian University (SAU), based in New Delhi, to organize a regional issue-based conference, to bring together participants of the Chaophraya Dialogue with the existing expertise at SAU.

 

    • Develop a multimedia series focusing on issues of shared concern in relation to populism, misogyny and majoritarianism.

 

    • Initiate joint research projects on issues of human development while encouraging funders to invest in cross-border research as a means of peacebuilding.

 

    • Encourage greater exchanges between universities/think tanks on issues of public policy that bring together academics, students and policy practitioners (including bureaucrats and local government representatives)

 

    • Take up domestic and cross-border efforts, via policy huddles and awareness sessions, at the parliamentary level to rethink restrictive clauses in freedom of speech and expression laws as well as curbing some unconditional powers in anti-terrorism laws (For example: Article 19, the sedition law, treason law and anti-terror laws in both countries)

 

    • Initiate a fact-checking mechanism (online) through which journalists from both India and Pakistan have better access to real facts, and can debunk flawed and fake stories/reports from the other side of the border.

 

    • Encourage joint journalistic collaborations and cross border reportage on security and terrorism-related issues and facilitate the movement of journalists between India and Pakistan.

 

    • Facilitate forums and mechanisms for sharing best practices on deradicalization and countering violent extremism (CVE), including online CVE, and organize regular bilateral educational visits of influencers and public policy experts.

 

    • Operationalize the existing frameworks for intel-to-intel dialogue, like the forums existing under the SAARC.