Sri Lanka foreign policy
September 21, 2022
Sri Lanka to Move Away From China and Toward Economic Integration With India
By P.K. Balachandran
In a recent address, President Wickremesinghe defended the Chinese-built Hambantota port but pledged to address India’s security concerns.
February 01, 2022
Is Sri Lanka Under Gotabaya Rajapaksa Really Tilting Toward China?
By Uditha Devapriya
Simplistic narratives fail to account for the complexities that have defined foreign policy in Sri Lanka since its independence.
March 19, 2021
Sri Lanka Discovers Neutrality: Strategy or Excuse?
By Pascal Lottaz and Asanka Prabodani Jayathilake
There are sound domestic and strategic reasons for Colombo to pursue a strategy of neutrality.
August 07, 2020
Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again
By Sudha Ramachandran
A landslide win in general elections caps off the family's political comeback. Where does Sri Lanka go from here?
February 20, 2020
Strengthening Myanmar-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations: A Primer
By Nathasha Fernando
From shared security concerns to their struggles with great power rivalries, Myanmar and Sri Lanka have a lot in common.
November 08, 2019
Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act
By Mohammed Shihab
The winner of the Nov. 16 poll will have to balance competing great powers as well as safeguard security and sovereignty at home.
August 15, 2019
Sri Lankans Up in Arms Over US Military Pacts
By Sudha Ramachandran
A proposed Status of Forces Agreement with the US is stirring up political controversy in Sri Lanka.
February 23, 2019
Sri Lanka: Caught in an Indo-China ‘Great Game’?
By Shakthi De Silva
A blueprint for Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.
February 12, 2019
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera on Sri Lanka's Foreign Policy Challenges
By Prashanth Parameswaran
The Diplomat talks with Asanga Abeyagoonasekera about the future trajectory of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy challenges.
July 19, 2018
Sri Lanka’s Strategy for Regional Security
By Barana Waidyatilake
As geopolitical competition intensifies in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka’s best strategy is to stand for a rules-based order.
February 15, 2017
President Trump: Implications for Sri Lanka
By Barana Waidyatilake and Dinusha Panditaratne
What Trump's general philosophy and approach to Asia will mean for small states like Sri Lanka.
November 18, 2016
China and Sri Lanka: Between a Dream and a Nightmare
By Jeff M. Smith
Colombo is realizing the unintended strategic consequences of closer ties with Beijing.
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