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China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum
May 07, 2021

China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Sri Lanka’s Parliament postponed discussion of a bill regarding Colombo Port City, but it is expected to pass.

The Economics of the China-India-Sri Lanka Triangle
May 01, 2021

The Economics of the China-India-Sri Lanka Triangle

By Umesh Moramudali
Sri Lanka’s struggle to balance been China and India has a strong economic dimension.
Can Pompeo’s Visit to Sri Lanka Offset China’s Influence?
October 31, 2020

Can Pompeo’s Visit to Sri Lanka Offset China’s Influence?

By Patrick Mendis and Dominique Reichenbach
The U.S. secretary of state had little success in swaying the Rajapaksa administration away from its pro-China bent.

Sri Lanka Will Soon Have to Pick a Side in the China-US Rivalry
October 27, 2020

Sri Lanka Will Soon Have to Pick a Side in the China-US Rivalry

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Colombo has been trying its utmost to balance the great powers, but that may no longer be feasible.

The Belt and Road in Sri Lanka: Beyond the Debt Trap Discussion
May 07, 2020

The Belt and Road in Sri Lanka: Beyond the Debt Trap Discussion

By Divya Hundlani & Pabasara Kannangara
More than an overstated “debt trap,” Sri Lanka should consider the environmental and labor impacts of Chinese investment.

The Hambantota Port Deal: Myths and Realities
January 01, 2020

The Hambantota Port Deal: Myths and Realities

By Umesh Moramudali
Untangling the truth about Chinese debt and Sri Lanka means cutting through some misleading media narratives.

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas and Geopolitics
November 28, 2019

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas and Geopolitics

By Ankit Panda
How will the results of Sri Lanka’s 2019 presidential election bear on regional geopolitics?
Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?
November 19, 2019

Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?

By Ankit Panda
The new president’s election manifesto pledged to “revisit” the 99 year lease transfer of Hambantota port.

Against the Tide: The Growth of China-Sri Lanka Trade
August 01, 2019

Against the Tide: The Growth of China-Sri Lanka Trade

By Umesh Moramudali
Chinese trade with the island nation is booming even while Indian trade seems stuck.

India-China-Sri Lanka Triangle: The Defense Dimension
July 12, 2019

India-China-Sri Lanka Triangle: The Defense Dimension

By Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury
How the India-China competition for influence in Sri Lanka plays out in the security realm.

The Geopolitics of Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice
April 03, 2019

The Geopolitics of Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice

By Ana Pararajasingham
Western countries are less interested in pressuring Sri Lanka now that Rajapaksa is no longer in charge.
Sri Lanka: Caught in an Indo-China ‘Great Game’?
February 23, 2019

Sri Lanka: Caught in an Indo-China ‘Great Game’?

By Shakthi De Silva
A blueprint for Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.

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