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Rathindra Kuruwita

Rathindra Kuruwita

Rathindra Kuruwita is a journalist and a researcher from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Rathindra Kuruwita is a journalist and a researcher from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He holds a MSc in Strategic Studies from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, Singapore. He was also a fellow at Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, USA, and a participant of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) conducted by the U.S. Department of State. He writes on security and international relations to several publications and has written extensively on the Sri Lanka-China relationship.

Posts by Rathindra Kuruwita
January 26, 2023

India Eyes Sri Lanka’s Renewable Energy Sector

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The island does not have an energy policy and deals, which are often done secretly, are controversial.

January 18, 2023

A Damning Indictment of Sri Lanka’s Political and Security Establishment

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The Supreme Court has ruled that despite having actionable intelligence, former President Sirisena and top officials did not act to prevent the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.
December 28, 2022

To Please the IMF, Sri Lanka is Cutting Troop Numbers

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Instead, it should retrain its soldiers and redeploy them in policing, peacekeeping, and disaster rescue and relief roles.

December 14, 2022

In Defense of Sri Lanka’s Defense Budget

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Reducing allocation for defense will require retrenching soldiers. Cutting loose angry youth with weapons skills is not what the crisis-ridden island needs now.

November 25, 2022

India and ASEAN Upgrade Their Partnership

By Rathindra Kuruwita
As comprehensive security partners, they can be expected to engage in deeper cooperation relating to maritime security and disaster risk reduction.

November 07, 2022

Protests Against Sri Lankan President a Flop Show

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Low turnout at the protests indicates that Sri Lankans are giving the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration a chance to deliver.
October 26, 2022

Sri Lankan President’s Grip Over Power Turns More Tenuous

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The vote on the 22nd Amendment to the constitution lays bare the declining grip of the Rajapaksas over the SLPP.

October 14, 2022

Colombo Lotus Tower and the Case for Transparency

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The project cost Sri Lanka $113 million, maintenance costs are reportedly huge and annual revenue is pegged at present at around $8.2 million. When will it recover its expenditure?

September 28, 2022

Is India Squandering its Social Capital in Sri Lanka?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Only a few months ago, Sri Lankans were grateful to India for its help during the economic crisis. Now the mood is changing.

September 13, 2022

China’s Japanese-Inspired Project Approval Process in Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The Japanese strategy allowed Chinese projects to be responsive to preferences of Sri Lankan leaders but paved the way for political capture, inflated costs and corruption.

August 29, 2022

Sri Lanka Signals Its Unreliability as a Partner Yet Again

By Rathindra Kuruwita
It has repeatedly scrapped deals and flip-flopped on decisions with an array of partners, including India, Japan, China and Russia.
August 09, 2022

US and India Score Tactical Victories Vis-à-Vis China in Taiwan and Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
This could prompt China to fast-track plans to challenge the current rules-based international order.

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