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Taylor Dibbert

Taylor Dibbert is a writer and consultant based in the Washington, D.C. area. Previously, he worked for human rights organizations in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. From 2006 to 2008, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

His writing has appeared in a range of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Foreign Policy, HuffPost and The National Interest. Dibbert is the author of “Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth.” He holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Georgia.

Follow him on Twitter @taylordibbert.

Exposing Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force
April 25, 2018
Exposing Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force
Security sector reform cannot come soon enough.
Exposing Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force
Sri Lanka Isn't Serious About Transitional Justice
March 25, 2018
Sri Lanka Isn't Serious About Transitional Justice
We don't need more time to ponder Colombo's sincerity.
Sri Lanka Isn't Serious About Transitional Justice
Sri Lanka’s Latest Election Weakens the Ruling Alliance
March 03, 2018
Sri Lanka’s Latest Election Weakens the Ruling Alliance
The local government vote has national implications.
Sri Lanka’s Latest Election Weakens the Ruling Alliance
American Obsequiousness in Sri Lanka Continues
February 08, 2018
American Obsequiousness in Sri Lanka Continues
Washington continues with a misguided approach.
American Obsequiousness in Sri Lanka Continues
Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs
December 06, 2017
Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs
Washington’s current approach actually discourages reform.
Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs
Looking at Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
December 01, 2017
Looking at Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
The Diplomat’s Taylor Dibbert speaks with Sri Lankan civil society leader Jehan Perera.
Looking at Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
Don’t Be Fooled by Sri Lanka’s UN Engagement
October 27, 2017
Don’t Be Fooled by Sri Lanka’s UN Engagement
Colombo remains unserious about transitional justice.
Don’t Be Fooled by Sri Lanka’s UN Engagement
Contextualizing Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners
October 24, 2017
Contextualizing Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners
The country’s reform agenda is in shambles, but don’t expect that to change.
Contextualizing Sri Lanka’s Tamil Political Prisoners
Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective
September 19, 2017
Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective
Operationalizing Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons isn’t necessarily that significant.
Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective
Sri Lanka's Coalition Government Is Rotting From Within
August 19, 2017
Sri Lanka's Coalition Government Is Rotting From Within
The foreign minister’s resignation is another reminder of broader concerns about the coalition government.
Sri Lanka's Coalition Government Is Rotting From Within
Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka
July 21, 2017
Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka
The Diplomat’s Taylor Dibbert speaks with Frances Harrison of the International Truth and Justice Project.  
Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka
Mounting Religious Violence in Sri Lanka
June 28, 2017
Mounting Religious Violence in Sri Lanka
Violence against Muslims and Christians is cause for concern.
Mounting Religious Violence in Sri Lanka
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
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