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Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

By Taylor Dibbert:  The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a …

Can the two parties continue to work together?

Can the two parties continue to work together?

Two years and three months after the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) formed the National Unity Government, doubts are being raised as to whether the two parties can continue to co-habitat for the duration of the present Parliament. The …

Religious fundamentalism is posing a threat to liberal society

Religious fundamentalism is posing a threat to liberal society

Across Asia, religious fundamentalism is posing a growing threat to liberal society. Even Sri Lanka, a country that has only recently emerged from a bloody civil war involving religious as …

Sri Lankans favor China due to religion, politics

Sri Lankans favor China due to religion, politics

Mendis, an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, discussed relations between China and Sri Lanka with special attention to recent criticisms by India. The Indian government has chided Sri Lanka in the past few years for being too closely aligned …

Looking at Constitutional Reform

Looking at Constitutional Reform

The Diplomat’s Taylor Dibbert speaks with Sri Lankan civil society leader Jehan Perera about constitutional reform. Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Colombo. The Diplomat: How have negotiations pertaining to a new constitution been going? Jehan …

Changes are cosmetic

Changes are cosmetic

By Apratim Mukarji: A foreign correspondent revisiting Jaffna town after a gap of twenty years or so faces every prospect of being surprised.His memories had remained clouded by the many sites and sounds of the prolonged civil war. A9 highway and almost all roads in …

Struggle for remembrance

Struggle for remembrance

As the sun began to set over the Vanni last November, thousands of locals stood before the crumbled remains of gravestones at an LTTE cemetery in Kilinochchi. The graves had …

Tough proposition to expect Rajapaksa and Joint Opposition to change their attitude towards constitutional reforms

Tough proposition to expect Rajapaksa and Joint Opposition to change their attitude towards constitutional reforms

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham:               Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan, participating in the final debate of the second reading of the Budget in Parliament last week, made an impassioned plea to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa …

Developing the ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’

Developing the ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’

In the talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held in New Delhi on November 23, the main issues will be speeding up implementation of joint development projects and India’s offer to invest in  the Mattala …

The Constitution conundrum

The Constitution conundrum

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his team’s attempts to change the Constitution have been facing a series of obstacles. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are not enthusiastically backing the reforms initiative and almost all Buddhist monks are opposed …