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Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act
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.

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Focus on Divisive Politics and Beyond
October 21, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Focus on Divisive Politics and Beyond

By Amresh Gunasingham
On November 16, Sri Lankans go to the polls to elect their next president. 
Sri Lanka’s Political Intrigue Deepens
October 01, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Political Intrigue Deepens

By Sudha Ramachandran
With elections looming, Sri Lanka’s turbulent political landscape offers more questions than answers about the country’s near-term trajectory.

Sri Lankans Up in Arms Over US Military Pacts
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.

From the Ruins of the Caliphate: Sri Lanka’s Bloody Easter
April 26, 2019

From the Ruins of the Caliphate: Sri Lanka’s Bloody Easter

By Siddharthya Roy and Stephanie Rose Justin
Don't let the Islamic State connection overshadow the local factors that fed into the attack.

Sri Lanka: After the Crisis, What Next?
January 07, 2019

Sri Lanka: After the Crisis, What Next?

By Umesh Moramudali
The immediate political crisis is over, but the underlying fire is still smoldering.

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court: Dissolution of Parliament Unconstitutional
December 14, 2018

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court: Dissolution of Parliament Unconstitutional

By Krishan Francis
The ongoing political crisis takes another twist.
Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Crisis: The Geopolitical Dimension
October 30, 2018

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Crisis: The Geopolitical Dimension

By Ana Pararajasingham
The sacking of Sri Lanka’s prime minister bodes poorly for India and the US, but is a welcome sign for China.

Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs
December 06, 2017

Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

By Taylor Dibbert
Washington’s current approach actually discourages reform.

Looking at Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka
December 01, 2017

Looking at Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka

By Taylor Dibbert
The Diplomat’s Taylor Dibbert speaks with Sri Lankan civil society leader Jehan Perera.

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere
January 30, 2017

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere

By Alan Keenan
Time may be running out for meaningful reforms, and transitional justice remains just out of reach.
China and Sri Lanka: Between a Dream and a Nightmare
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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