13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) to Foster Regional Security Cooperation

13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) to Foster Regional Security Cooperation
13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) to Foster Regional Security Cooperation
13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) to Foster Regional Security Cooperation
13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) to Foster Regional Security Cooperation

13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) to Foster Regional Security Cooperation

13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) to Foster Regional Security Cooperation. Image/AIR

The eagerly anticipated 13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC) is set to take place from the 26th to the 27th of this month at the prestigious Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi. This biennial event will convene army chiefs from 30 nations across the Indo-Pacific region, with the primary goal of engaging in critical discussions on security cooperation and the development of collective strategies for ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

Promoting Regional Security and Cooperation

The IPACC will provide an invaluable platform for these military leaders to deliberate upon matters of mutual interest in the region. Furthermore, it will spotlight the essential role of military diplomacy in addressing and mitigating crises that may arise within the Indo-Pacific. The conference marks the 13th iteration of this significant event and is jointly hosted by the Indian Army and the US Army Pacific.

US Army Chief Joins the Conversation

General James C. McConville, Chief-of-Staff of the US Army, will lead a delegation from the United States at the conference. He will serve as a co-host alongside General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Indian Army Staff. Together, they will guide the proceedings and contribute to the discussions on strengthening regional security partnerships.

Expanding Beyond IPACC

In addition to the IPACC, two parallel conferences, the Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar (IPAMS) and the Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum (SELF), will also convene at the Manekshaw Centre. These events will play a crucial role in fostering multilateral security partnerships and enhancing cooperation among the nations of the Indo-Pacific.

A Vision for Peace and Stability

During a Curtain Raiser Press conference, Lieutenant General M. V. Suchindra Kumar, Vice Chief of the Indian Army Staff, emphasized India’s commitment to promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. He underscored the significant contributions made by the Indian Army since the country’s independence.

Key Themes for Discussion

Among the critical topics to be addressed during the conference are the role of military diplomacy in crisis management, the imperative of enhancing collaboration and interoperability among regional armies, and the growing importance of self-reliance for modern armed forces. The Vice Chief further highlighted that the Indo-Pacific region encompasses a staggering 64% of the world’s population and contributes 63% of the global GDP, including 46% of worldwide merchandise trade. Undoubtedly, the Indo-Pacific region plays a pivotal role in the world economy.

The 13th IPACC promises to serve as a catalyst for strengthening regional security cooperation, fostering peace, and advancing the collective interests of nations across the Indo-Pacific. It represents a crucial milestone in ongoing efforts to promote stability and prosperity in this strategically significant part of the world.

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