The Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies, Colonel MBB Naline Herath RSP, and Military Research Officer, Commander Amila Prasanga, participated in the Pathfinder Indian Ocean Security Conference Phase III on February 28th and 29th, 2024, held at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. The conference was graced by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who emphasized Sri Lanka’s commitment to maintaining a strategic position ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean. Further; President highlighted Sri Lanka's dedication to freedom of navigation, emphasizing its engagement in operations Guardians Prosperity in the Red Sea. He noted the importance of the Suez Canal and stressed the necessity of ensuring unrestricted navigation.

The conference centered on pertinent issues concerning the Indian Ocean, such as security challenges in the undersea domain and Sri Lanka's pivotal role within the broader Indo-Pacific framework. The event attracted participation from delegates representing numerous nations, underscoring the vital importance of the Indian Ocean in global security and enhancing the resilience of supply chains.

US Ambassador Julie Chung, Japan’s Deputy Assistant Minister for Southwest Asian Affairs Hayashi Makoto, Founder of Pathfinder Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Co-Chairmen of the Pathfinder Indian Ocean Security Conference, Mr. Bernard Gunathilake & Mr. Shivshankar Menon, along with High Commissioners, Ambassadors, and officials from Ministries and line institutions of the Ministries, as well as the military members, also participated in this significant event.