Putting words into action

By Easwaran Rutnam Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa always maintained that he and his Government at the time had nothing to hide. But when officials and organisations...

Celebrating seven decades of Asia-Pacific Growth

by Shamshad Akhtar On this day, 70 years ago, the Charter of the United Nations came into force – hope,rising from the ashes of World...

Effectively countering terrorism

By Jean-Paul Laborde  It is an unacceptable reality that thousands of lives are lost each year due to terrorism. The most immediate impacts are felt...

Mending broken hearts

By Easwaran Rutnam As the Government begins the process of mending broken hearts from the bitter 30 year war, questions are being asked at what...

Wigneswaran gives reconciliation a boost

By Easwaran Rutnam Reconciliation has been the key word from the day the war ended in 2009 and many feel now is the best time...

Turning grey into gold

By Shamshad Akhtar Just a few decades ago, the population of the Asia-Pacific region was dominated by the young. Now, as birth rates have dropped...

Mixed reactions on Sri Lanka report

Statements made on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 30 after a report on Sri Lanka was submitted...

Impact of the New Global Development Agenda

By Shamshad Akhtar The resounding endorsement by global leaders last week in New York of the groundbreaking and transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, more...

Moving towards a new development pathway

By Subinay Nandy  On 25th September, world leaders will meet at the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York. This milestone high-level plenary meeting of...

“Economic Diplomacy”

By Sarath Wijesinghe The term diplomacy refers to dealings with other states on Trade, War, Economy, Culture, Environment, Human Rights, Strategic advantages and many other...

Viber, not India, helped in unseating MR says CBK

Former President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga says India had no role to play in the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the elections. Kumaratunga, who...

Sri Lanka: A Lesson for U.S. Strategy

For much of the period since its independence, Sri Lanka attracted scant regard throughout the West. At the culmination of its civil war, some...

We have tremendous issues to resolve – PM

The Sri Lankan political situation has taken an interesting turn with the fairly narrow victory of the United National Party in the general election,...

End of the road for Sri Lanka’s ‘warrior king’?

In hindsight the odds were stacked against such a major comeback -- even for Sri Lanka's most powerful politician of the last decade. Former president...

Defeat of divisive politics

By Ahilan Kadirgamar The parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka held risks of polarisation and the re-emergence of authoritarian politics. But the Lankan voters rejected divisive...

A vote for continuing change

By Jayadeva Uyangoda There are two significant political consequences following Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections. First, the majority of voters have given a verdict in favour...

Post war development not for all

A mother and her two children walk along a long dusty road in the scorching sun as they make their way home. The Korakankaddu village...

Sandya Eknaligoda has not lost hope

In an interview conducted by Amnesty International, Sandya Eknaligoda, the wife of the disappeared Sri Lankan journalist/cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda says she is hopeful a proper...

Reconciliation to play a key role at polls

As the Government closes shop and prepares to face what is likely to be a hard fought battle at the Parliament election, the Tamils...

Sirisena shift, Maithri-Mahinda moment?

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka  Who was it who narrowed the gap between President Sirisena and ex-President Rajapaksa? Whose efforts were strong and effective enough to...