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The Shrinking Space for Minorities and Dissent in Sri Lanka
February 05, 2020

The Shrinking Space for Minorities and Dissent in Sri Lanka

By StoriesAsia
An interview with activist Ruki Fernando on Gotabaya’s presidency.

Sri Lanka President Urges Limit on Minority Political Power
January 03, 2020

Sri Lanka President Urges Limit on Minority Political Power

By Associated Press
Sinhala nationalists say minority politicians hold the governments ransom to promote their racial agendas, undermining the status of the Sinhalese.
Sri Lanka’s Election Results Reveal a Divided Country
December 13, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Election Results Reveal a Divided Country

By Bahauddin Foizee
Religious nationalism influenced Sri Lanka's election results -- and that influence is not going away anytime soon.

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?
November 27, 2019

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A closer look at what Sri Lanka’s recent election results may mean for ties between New Delhi and Colombo.

India’s Approach to the Sri Lankan Election: Proactive and Pre-emptive?
November 23, 2019

India’s Approach to the Sri Lankan Election: Proactive and Pre-emptive?

By Ashutosh Nagda
Rather than a reactionary response to the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, India appeared prepared for the political developments in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Are Back in Power
November 18, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Are Back in Power

By Sudha Ramachandran
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense secretary in his brother Mahinda's government, promises a strong hand as he takes over the presidency.

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.

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