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Sri Lanka’s Flawed Path to Independence 
February 04, 2023

Sri Lanka’s Flawed Path to Independence 

By Devana Senanayake
Sri Lanka’s elite-driven independence process laid the groundwork for the problems that continue to plague the country today, from ethnic tensions to inequality. 

Sri Lankan President’s Grip Over Power Turns More Tenuous
October 26, 2022

Sri Lankan President’s Grip Over Power Turns More Tenuous

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The vote on the 22nd Amendment to the constitution lays bare the declining grip of the Rajapaksas over the SLPP.
Sri Lankan Lawmakers Debate Bill to Trim Presidential Powers
October 21, 2022

Sri Lankan Lawmakers Debate Bill to Trim Presidential Powers

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
A constitutional amendment to curtail presidential powers – again – was a key demand of the protests that drove the previous president and prime minister from office.

Bailouts Won’t Save Sri Lanka. Ending Dynastic Politics Might.
September 20, 2022

Bailouts Won’t Save Sri Lanka. Ending Dynastic Politics Might.

By Debrah Gomes and Vineeth Krishnan
For far too long Sri Lanka has been a stage with the Rajapaksas as the only meaningful actors. A democratic renewal may be all that can save the country in the long run.

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns to Sri Lanka
September 08, 2022

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns to Sri Lanka

By Arundathie Abeysinghe
The government is concerned about renewed protests against the unpopular former leader, while opposition figures worry Rajapaksa will try to find a way to re-enter politics.

Sri Lanka’s President Says IMF Talks Nearing Successful End
August 30, 2022

Sri Lanka’s President Says IMF Talks Nearing Successful End

By Krishan Francis and Bharatha Mallawarachi
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said his government will soon start negotiating debt restructuring with countries that provide loans to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s New President Cracks Down on Protests as Challenges Mount
July 26, 2022

Sri Lanka’s New President Cracks Down on Protests as Challenges Mount

By Luke Hunt
Ranil Wickremesinghe's use of troops to dismantle protest camps in Colombo sends out a chilling message.
Wickremesinghe Faces Steep Challenges as Sri Lanka’s President
July 22, 2022

Wickremesinghe Faces Steep Challenges as Sri Lanka’s President

By Krishan Francis and Elaine Kurtenbach
Hours after his swearing-in, he sent troops and police to force protesters out of the main protest sites in Colombo.

It’s a 3-Horse Race for the Presidency in Sri Lanka
July 19, 2022

It’s a 3-Horse Race for the Presidency in Sri Lanka

By Krishan Francis
Parliamentarians will vote on Wednesday to decide who will succeed ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the island last week.

The Deep Roots of Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis
July 15, 2022

The Deep Roots of Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis

By Talal Rafi and Brian Wong
The economic crisis was made at home, a result of structural political and economic weaknesses. Any solutions have to start there.

Wickremesinghe Becomes Sri Lanka’s Interim President
July 15, 2022

Wickremesinghe Becomes Sri Lanka’s Interim President

By Krutika Pathi, Krishan Francis, and Bharatha Mallawarachi
He will remain in the post until Parliament elects a new president to serve out the remainder of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s term, ending in 2024.
As Sri Lanka’s Economy Unravels, a Crude Awakening
July 12, 2022

As Sri Lanka’s Economy Unravels, a Crude Awakening

By Luke Hunt
Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stepped down, but the task of cleaning up the country's economic mess has only just begun.

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