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.
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.
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.
Small islands dotting the Indian Ocean are emerging at the center stage of great power politics.
Changes in Lankan leadership have precipitated a shift from a China-centric foreign policy towards a multilateral outlook.
Sri Lanka’s surprising election result will have complex effects on the India-China-Sri Lanka strategic triangle.
Maithripala Sirisena, the combined opposition parties candidate in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections, has defeated the two-term President Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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.
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.
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.