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Sri Lanka’s President Strikes Reconciliatory Note as Debt Crisis Looms
January 18, 2022

Sri Lanka’s President Strikes Reconciliatory Note as Debt Crisis Looms

By Krishan Francis
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is willing to learn from the international community on human rights issues, he told Parliament.

It’s Advantage China in the Indian Ocean
January 10, 2022

It’s Advantage China in the Indian Ocean

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Wang Yi’s visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka signal Beijing’s priorities fairly clearly: it's focusing on South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka Seeks Chinese Debt Restructuring Amid Crisis
January 10, 2022

Sri Lanka Seeks Chinese Debt Restructuring Amid Crisis

By Krishan Francis
In addition to foreign debt obligations exceeding $7 billion, Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves are down to $1.6 billion, barely enough for a few weeks of imports.

Sri Lanka, India Sign Deal to Redevelop Aging Oil Terminal
January 07, 2022

Sri Lanka, India Sign Deal to Redevelop Aging Oil Terminal

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
The terminal is located near the strategic Trincomalee port, one of the world’s finest natural harbors.

2021 Was a Bad Year for Democracy in South Asia
January 05, 2022

2021 Was a Bad Year for Democracy in South Asia

By Niha Dagia
The pandemic made it easier for governments to justify authoritarian measures, including crackdowns on the media and excessive surveillance.

Is China Fishing in India’s Troubled Waters?
December 30, 2021

Is China Fishing in India’s Troubled Waters?

By Sudha Ramachandran
The Chinese ambassador’s public diplomacy in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province would have won the hearts of the local Tamil population.

Biden’s Exclusive Democracy Summit Disappoints
December 13, 2021

Biden’s Exclusive Democracy Summit Disappoints

By Mohamed Zeeshan
By embracing some countries and excluding others, the US has squandered an opportunity to unite South Asia – at least ideologically – against Beijing.
Sri Lanka Bows to Chinese Pressure Again
November 26, 2021

Sri Lanka Bows to Chinese Pressure Again

By Sudha Ramachandran
Colombo has agreed to pay millions of dollars to a Chinese company that has reportedly supplied it with contaminated organic fertilizer.

Don’t Let China Dictate US and Indian Policy on Sri Lanka
November 18, 2021

Don’t Let China Dictate US and Indian Policy on Sri Lanka

By Madura Rasaratnam and Mario Arulthas
The U.S. and India cannot advance their interests in Sri Lanka by appeasing Colombo.

Gotabaya’s Underwhelming Presidency
November 15, 2021

Gotabaya’s Underwhelming Presidency

By Sudha Ramachandran
The president’s excessive reliance on the military to govern Sri Lanka has plunged the country in multiple crises.

South Asia Is Caught in a Majoritarian Whirlpool
November 15, 2021

South Asia Is Caught in a Majoritarian Whirlpool

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The pandemic, rising prices and food shortages have thrown up challenges for governments, and majoritarianism is an easy way to divert public attention from domestic woes.
Shrinking Space for Religious Minorities in Sri Lanka 
October 25, 2021

Shrinking Space for Religious Minorities in Sri Lanka 

By Knox Thames
Recent reports from CSW and USCIRF highlight the pressures put on Sri Lanka’s religious minorities.

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