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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
May 24, 2023

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Contribution to Securing an IMF Loan for Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The Sri Lankan president finds himself in a unique situation that allows him to implement IMF recommendations in full, a fact that the IMF wouldn’t have missed.

May 11, 2023

Sri Lankan Ports Need Investment and China Steps In

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Several Chinese delegations have traveled to Sri Lanka in recent months and Chinese investments could spike, prompting alarmist reporting in the Indian media.
April 28, 2023

Sri Lanka’s Proposed Anti-terror Law Makes Dissent an Act of Terror

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The government is arming itself with a law to crush mass protests and strikes aimed at opposing its economic policies and IMF austerity measures.

April 25, 2023

India and the ‘Radar Stations’ in Myanmar and Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Speculation is rife over supposedly China-constructed facilities on Myanmar’s Coco Island that could be put to Chinese military use “when required.”

April 13, 2023

Military Involvement in Pandemic Control in Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Involving the military in tackling public health crises is an efficient use of state capacity, but does it signal excessive militarization of society?

March 30, 2023

IMF’s Package to Sri Lanka Includes Corruption Fixing

By Rathindra Kuruwita
But is the governance diagnostic exercise just another tool to legitimize its austerity measures?
March 10, 2023

Sri Lanka Continues to Back India’s Adani Group

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Foreign Minister Sabry has expressed confidence in the multinational conglomerate’s capacity to complete port and power projects on the island.

February 21, 2023

Sri Lanka Government Develops Cold Feet, Calls Off Local Elections

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Fearing that it will be routed in elections, the ruling party unleashed a propaganda campaign to convince people that elections amid the economic crisis are a bad idea.

February 06, 2023

Sri Lankan President Pledges Full Implementation of 13th Amendment

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to be using the promise of power-sharing as a political tool to secure himself in power.

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.

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