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Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with strongman and former-President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct 26, the move was seen as the fallout from internal rivalry caused by domestic issues such as corruption, poor economic performance and political power play. …

A Tussle Between Parties?

A Tussle Between Parties?

The answer to Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is complex. The split between United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and United National Party(UNP) turned into a struggle for power between the Sri Lankan President Sirisena, the leader of UPFA alliance comprising the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) …

House of Cards in the Indian Ocean

House of Cards in the Indian Ocean

What is happening in Sri Lanka right now sits somewhere in between House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Shakespeare’s darkest Roman plays. It involves a man who betrayed his leader only now to return him to power, an alleged murder plot, and two men …

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president’s replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return …

It’s Neo-Cold War and at India’s Gates

It’s Neo-Cold War and at India’s Gates

Independent of the domestic outcomes of the current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, it may have already opened up the floodgates for a neo-Cold War centred on South Asia, and knocking at India’s multiple gates already. For a ‘thinking’ Sri Lankan politician, ‘sacked’ UNP Prime …

United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan Law by Parliament

United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan Law by Parliament

Deputy Spokesperson at the Department of State Robert Palladino speaking at the US State Department Press Briefing on 30 October said the United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan law and due process and the members …

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Crisis: Where it came from and How it will affect Regional Geopolitics

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Crisis: Where it came from and How it will affect Regional Geopolitics

How did Sri Lanka find itself in a crisis and how will it affect its foreign policy? The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) and Prashanth Parameswaran (@TheAsianist) discuss the new constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka and its regional implications. (The Diplomat) https://manage.thediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/thediplomat-episode184.mp3

What’s happening in Sri Lanka?

What’s happening in Sri Lanka?

The surprise sacking of a prime minister; the return of a controversial leader; mass protests; a deadly shooting and warnings of a “bloodbath” – in just a few days, Sri Lanka has plunged into a bitter power struggle that risks undermining stability in the South …

In the grips of a full-blown political crisis

In the grips of a full-blown political crisis

Sri Lanka is entering the most perilous and uncertain phase of its sudden political crisis as the struggle to demonstrate who is the nation’s legitimate prime minister moves from the halls of government to the streets. Two men claim to be the country’s prime minister: …

Fight for island with strategic location

Fight for island with strategic location

RT spoke to Dr. Pak Nung Wong, a senior lecturer at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) at the University of Bath, UK, who believes that Sri Lanka is being torn apart between major global powers. He explained that Sri Lanka’s location …