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  • The International Community’s Intervention during the Conclusion of the War in Sri Lanka

    This article explores the backdrop of the engagement between the International Community (IC) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) over the conduct of the military during the last stages of its engagement with the secessionist Tamil militants which (especially from January to May 2009) led to a humanitarian crisis. The efforts of the IC to persuade the GoSL to halt the military operations and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to concede defeat, to ensure human security, were a failure.

    July 2016

    Time to Revitalise and Expand the Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

    Time to Revitalise and Expand the Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

    Maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region continue to be an issue of concern and this effective regional mechanism needs to be strengthened to deal effectively with them.

    March 22, 2016

    Sri Lanka: Would a Domestic Judicial Mechanism Deliver Justice to the Tamils?

    Sri Lanka: Would a Domestic Judicial Mechanism Deliver Justice to the Tamils?

    International oversight in the form of a panel of judges and the UNHRC mechanism in general are likely to help address the apprehensions of the Tamils about a domestic investigation mechanism.

    October 06, 2015

    Sri Lanka at a Crossroads: Need to Win the Peace

    Sri Lanka at a Crossroads: Need to Win the Peace

    What the country needs is goodwill and support from all stakeholders inside and outside to move the reconciliation process forward and build on the peace, and all at the right pace.

    September 16, 2015

    The Rajapakse Factor after Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Elections

    The Rajapakse Factor after Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Elections

    Notwithstanding the UNP victory, Rajapakse and his supporters will continue to wield substantial influence within and outside parliament.

    September 07, 2015

    Parliamentary Elections (2015) in Sri Lanka: Explaining UNP’s success and the Challenges Ahead

    Parliamentary Elections (2015) in Sri Lanka: Explaining UNP’s success and the Challenges Ahead

    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

    The Rajapakse ‘Coup’ and Upcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka

    The Rajapakse ‘Coup’ and Upcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka

    For the people of Sri Lanka the choice is clear – between de-democratisation represented by Rajapakse and his supporters, and democratisation represented by Sirisena and his political allies.

    July 28, 2015

    China’s ‘Maritime Bases’ in the IOR: A Chronicle of Dominance Foretold

    After a successful visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Colombo in March, Indian policy elite are hopeful that the new Sri Lankan government will roll-back some of the geopolitical concessions made by the Rajapaksa regime to Beijing, thereby restoring India’s primacy in its near neighbourhood. India’s policy elite are hopeful that Maithripala Sirisena, the new president, will roll back some of the geopolitical concessions made by his predecessor to Beijing, thereby restoring Indian primacy in its near neighbourhood.

    May 2015

    Impossible Devolution? The Failure of Power-Sharing Attempts in Sri Lanka

    The concept of a ‘primordial homeland’ has been at the centre of Sri Lanka’s armed struggle, in which both Sinhalese and Tamil nationalisms have used claims of ancient and ethnically determined territories to justify their right to self-determination, territorial sovereignty and armed struggle.

    May 2015

    Modi’s Visit will Herald a New Chapter in India-Sri Lanka Relations

    Modi’s Visit will Herald a New Chapter in India-Sri Lanka Relations

    Prime Minister Modi’s visit is likely to improve the atmospherics to a significant extent, introduce a positive vibe into the process of engagement and serve as a stepping stone for deepening the relationship further.

    March 12, 2015

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