Deccan Dialogue, jointly organised by the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is an annual flagship event aimed at promoting multi-stakeholder conversations on economic diplomacy and India’s external engagement. Deccan Dialogue brings together policymakers, representatives from business, diplomatic and strategic community, media and academia on a common platform, to engage and deliberate on emerging aspects of economic diplomacy and development. The maiden edition of Deccan Dialogue was held last year on the theme ‘decentralised cooperation’.

The 2nd edition of Deccan Dialogue is scheduled on August 31, 2019, at ISB’s Hyderabad campus and with its theme centred around ‘Economic Diplomacy in the Age of Disruptions’. We are witnessing extraordinary times where geopolitical shifts, trade tensions, technology transformations and climate change are all churning businesses and simultaneously impacting economy, society and environment in a significant way. The scope and scale of these disruptive forces are unparalleled in recent history. No country or company is immune to these forces or can endure them, singlehanded. All stakeholders must keep pace with the changes and engage in a policy dialogue where ‘international’, ‘national’, ‘regional’ and ‘local’ come together to address and adapt to these disruptions jointly.

In this context, the 2nd edition of Deccan Dialogue will deliberate on the changing counters of international economic relations and the role of economic diplomacy in fostering new partnerships and strengthening multilevel cooperation on crosscutting issues of trade, investment, international finance, climate change and sustainable development.

The event is structured to have inaugural and valedictory sessions and five thought-provoking and informative dialogues around the theme ‘Economic Diplomacy in the Age of Disruptions’.