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  • Gulbin Sultana

    Research Assistant
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Joined IDSA

    September 2010

    Research Interests

    Sri Lanka, The Maldives


    M.Phil, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.


    Gulbin Sultana completed her B.A (Hons) and Masters in Political Science from Indraprastha College, Delhi University. She has done her M.Phil on “India’s Naval Support to Sri Lanka and the Maldives” from South Asian Studies Division of School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently she is working on her doctoral thesis on “Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security”. She has also done PG Diploma in Human Rights. Before joining IDSA, she worked with the National Maritime Foundation and the United Service Institution of India. Ms Sultana was associated with the project “Sri Lanka in 2015: Policy Implication for India” sponsored by the Directorate of Net Assessment.


    • “Future of the LTTE” World Focus, 29:10, October 2008
    • “Sri Lankan State and its Military Successes” World Focus, 30:7, July 2009
    • “Chronology on India-Sri Lanka Relations” published in S. Liyanage, P.Sahadevan & A. Kinra, eds. (2009), Intra-State Conflicts & inter-state Relations, Colombo: South Asia Pacific Institute
    • Future of the Tamils in Sri Lanka”, Strategic Perspective, January-March 2010.
    • Book Review: Ashoka Bandarage, The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2009), India Quarterly, March 2010, 66: 129-131.
    • 18th Amendment: Making a Mockery of Democracy in Sri Lanka”, IDSA Comment, October 7, 2010.

    Publications at IDSA

    Select Publications

    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Ms Gulbin Sultana’s commentary on Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr  Tilak Marapana’s recent trip to India, titled ‘Sri Lanka Foreign Minister’s Visit Deepens Historical Ties’ was published by Air Word Service, an external services division of All India Radio, on September 11, 2017.

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      September 11, 2017
      IDSA News
    • At the close of two years, the National Unity Government (NUG) of Sri Lanka has failed to maintain the confidence and trust of the people it enjoyed during the first three months of its tenure. Having said that, political crisis or instability in Sri Lanka remains unlikely. The NUG is likely to complete its full term, but it will not be a cakewalk.

      IDSA Occasional Papers
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Ms Gulbin Sultana’s commentary on Chinese financial assistance to Sri Lanka, titled ‘Chinese Financial Assistance: Preference or Compulsion for Sri Lanka?’ was published by ‘IAPS Dialogue’ on May 17, 2017.

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      May 17, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Ms Gulbin Sultana’s article on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit, titled ‘Modi’s Sri Lanka Visit: More Symbolism than Substance’ was published in South Asian Voices on May 9, 2017.

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      May 09, 2017
      IDSA News
    • It appears that in order to earn the trust of China and the G7 countries, Sri Lanka has de-emphasised its relationship with India for the time being.

      July 01, 2016
      Issue Brief
    • Since the fall of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, there has been an apparent foreign policy shift in Sri Lanka. There is a growing view that the new National Unity Government (NUG), which came to power in January 2015 with Maithripala Sirisena as President, has shown its proclivities towards India and the US and moved away from China, especially under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Ms Gulbin Sultana’s article on Maldives, titled ‘An unholy alliance of politics and radical Islam in Maldives’ got published in the October 2015 edition of Aakrosh - Asian Journal on Terrorism and internal Conflicts.

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      November 20, 2015
      IDSA News
    • It was almost certain that the United National Front for Good Governance coalition would outperform the United People’s Freedom Alliance in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections.

      September 04, 2015
      Issue Brief
    • If the Sinhala opposition parties, the Tamil TNA, and the Muslim parties support the common candidate, there is a possibility that they may be able to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa. But will these political forces come together?

      December 01, 2014
      IDSA Comments
    • There is no one nationalist Sri Lankan view. Among the Sinhalas, there are also the liberals who are quite realistic about their assessments and would argue that there may be a change in leadership in India, but the cornerstone of India’s policy vis-à-vis Sri Lanka will remain the same. The Tamils, on the other hand, are unanimous in their view that India can and should play a major role in bringing meaningful political reconciliation to the country.

      July 01, 2014
      IDSA Comments