Sri Lanka

September, 2015

  • 21 September

    Sri Lanka Tilts Back from China

    The full extent of India’s involvement in the Sri Lankan elections in January 2015 and again in August 2015 remains unclear, but there is little doubt that New Delhi was at least able to unite Tamil groups against Rajapaksa, no doubt lubricated with plenty of money.

August, 2015

  • 23 August

    Does Sri Lanka’s Electoral Outcome Offer Stability?

    Whatever uncertainties lay ahead, most Sri Lankans would agree that one of the most heartening aspects of the election was its remarkably peaceful character compared to previous polls.

July, 2015

  • 24 July

    Towards an Independent and Accountable Judiciary in Sri Lanka

    New measures on judicial ethics and conduct, financial disclosure, streamlining the process of appointments and promotions of judges, enhanced training, an independent and transparent investigations process into allegations against misconduct of Judges, as well as greater openness will enhance the accountability of Sri Lanka's judiciary, argues one analyst.

March, 2015

  • 2 March

    The Small Islands Holding the Key to the Indian Ocean

    Small islands dotting the Indian Ocean are emerging at the center stage of great power politics.

February, 2015

  • 24 February

    Sri Lanka in Indian Ocean Games

    Changes in Lankan leadership have precipitated a shift from a China-centric foreign policy towards a multilateral outlook.

January, 2015

  • 12 January

    China, India, and Sri Lanka’s Change of Guard

    Sri Lanka’s surprising election result will have complex effects on the India-China-Sri Lanka strategic triangle.

  • 9 January

    Sri Lanka’s President Rajapaksa Defeated in Elections

    Maithripala Sirisena, the combined opposition parties candidate in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections, has defeated the two-term President Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  • 4 January

    Will Sri Lanka’s President Rajapaksa Win a Third Term?

    As the poll draws close Sri Lankans look set to have their closest election in more than a decade. But President Rajapaksa is still favored to win.

November, 2014

  • 26 November

    Sri Lanka Tilts to Beijing, Dumps India?

    Sri Lanka’s strategic orientation is undergoing a sea change as it emerges as China’s new best friend and security partner in the eastern Indian Ocean. With a stable and cooperative authoritarian regime strategically located in the central Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka ticks many of China’s strategic boxes after increasing instability in Pakistan, its strongest ally in the region.

October, 2014

  • 26 October

    Sri Lanka: Shift in Priority from Ethno-nationalism

    Post-war reality in Sri Lanka is still connected deeply to the war period, with the large-scale presence of the security forces in the north and east and surveillance machinery continuing to have a negative impact on life in all parts of the country.