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Taylor Dibbert

Taylor Dibbert is a freelance writer and consultant. Previously, Taylor worked for human rights organizations in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. From 2006-2008, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. He has also worked or studied in Argentina, Austria and Spain. He is the author of the book ‘Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth’. Taylor holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Georgia. He is based in Washington, D.C.

The Cancer Within Sri Lanka’s Military
April 17, 2017
The Cancer Within Sri Lanka’s Military
Sri Lanka’s security sector is in serious need of reform.
The Cancer Within Sri Lanka’s Military
M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties
March 20, 2017
M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties
The Diplomat's Taylor Dibbert speaks to noted Sri Lankan parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran.
M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties
No, Sri Lanka Isn’t North Korea
March 09, 2017
No, Sri Lanka Isn’t North Korea
A misguided campaign gains traction.
No, Sri Lanka Isn’t North Korea
Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council
March 03, 2017
Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council
Colombo’s performance comes under heightened scrutiny.
Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council
India Could Do More for Sri Lanka’s Tamils
February 22, 2017
India Could Do More for Sri Lanka’s Tamils
There are multiple ways that New Delhi could ameliorate the circumstances of Sri Lankan Tamils.
India Could Do More for Sri Lanka’s Tamils
A Former President Dismisses Accountability in Sri Lanka
February 09, 2017
A Former President Dismisses Accountability in Sri Lanka
We've recently seen some troubling remarks from a former Sri Lankan president.
A Former President Dismisses Accountability in Sri Lanka
Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka
January 28, 2017
Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka
More concerns about torture and impunity in Sri Lanka.
Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice
January 13, 2017
Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice
Colombo should reconsider its position on wartime accountability.
Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice
When Travel Writing Becomes Propaganda: Sri Lanka Edition
December 14, 2016
When Travel Writing Becomes Propaganda: Sri Lanka Edition
A recent travel piece on the war-torn nation misses the mark badly.
When Travel Writing Becomes Propaganda: Sri Lanka Edition
Reconsidering US Leadership at the Human Rights Council
November 11, 2016
Reconsidering US Leadership at the Human Rights Council
Notwithstanding the Obama administration’s modest achievements, continued engagement with the UN HRC is a good thing.
Reconsidering US Leadership at the Human Rights Council
Public Perceptions on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
October 21, 2016
Public Perceptions on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
A new report highlights some important issues.
Public Perceptions on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s President Misses an Opportunity at the UN
September 23, 2016
Sri Lanka’s President Misses an Opportunity at the UN
The president could have made the case for deeper reform.
Sri Lanka’s President Misses an Opportunity at the UN
Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?
September 14, 2016
Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?
For Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process, the coming months are crucial.
Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?
More Worries Over Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process
September 06, 2016
More Worries Over Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process
Will Colombo finally get serious about healing the wounds of war?
More Worries Over Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process
Sri Lanka Will Create an Office of Missing Persons
August 16, 2016
Sri Lanka Will Create an Office of Missing Persons
Ostensibly, Colombo takes a step forward, yet plenty remains to be done.
Sri Lanka Will Create an Office of Missing Persons
Abductions and Torture in Jaffna: Can Sri Lanka Change?
July 11, 2016
Abductions and Torture in Jaffna: Can Sri Lanka Change?
A British citizen was abducted and tortured during a recent visit to the island.
Abductions and Torture in Jaffna: Can Sri Lanka Change?
Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister On Autopilot?
June 26, 2016
Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister On Autopilot?
The country’s foreign minister keeps talking big, but speeches are not policy.
Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister On Autopilot?
New Report Details Abuses Against Sri Lankan Tamils
June 11, 2016
New Report Details Abuses Against Sri Lankan Tamils
A new report focuses on exiled Sri Lankan Tamils.
New Report Details Abuses Against Sri Lankan Tamils
Examining Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons
May 27, 2016
Examining Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons
A recent cabinet decision is cause for significant concern.
Examining Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons
Sri Lanka’s Uneasy Peace
May 19, 2016
Sri Lanka’s Uneasy Peace
The island nation’s “democratic transition” leaves plenty to be desired.
Sri Lanka’s Uneasy Peace
The Repression of Sri Lanka’s Tamils Continues
May 07, 2016
The Repression of Sri Lanka’s Tamils Continues
In spite of Colombo’s promises, the repression of Tamils continues.
The Repression of Sri Lanka’s Tamils Continues
Samantha Power Misses the Mark on Sri Lanka (Again)
April 29, 2016
Samantha Power Misses the Mark on Sri Lanka (Again)
The Obama administration’s messaging on Sri Lanka misses the mark yet again.
Samantha Power Misses the Mark on Sri Lanka (Again)
Sri Lanka’s National Security Fearmongers
April 15, 2016
Sri Lanka’s National Security Fearmongers
Predictable platitudes follow the discovery of a recent arms cache.
Sri Lanka’s National Security Fearmongers
Getting US Messaging About Sri Lanka's 'Democratic Transition' Right
March 31, 2016
Getting US Messaging About Sri Lanka's 'Democratic Transition' Right
The U.S. needs to be more consistent when it comes to promoting human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka.
Getting US Messaging About Sri Lanka's 'Democratic Transition' Right
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