“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...

‘Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India’

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost the Sri Lankan presidency earlier this year, plans to contest the parliamentary election and likely become prime minister. He spoke...

Chasing Mahinda’s ghost

After a disastrous meeting at the Parliamentary Complex in early May, President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa had a chance encounter last...

The emerging crisis of cohabitation

A strange revelation was made this week, after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed four new Deputy Ministers in his continued efforts to consolidate power within...

Paving the way for Rajapaksa renaissance

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, arguably the previous regime’s most powerful man, may be under fire from a plethora of investigations into procurements and...

Beyond accountability: the struggle for co-existence in Sri Lanka

By Ahilan Kadirgamar and Mahendran Thuruvarangan Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. For years, the lack of accountability for the grave human rights abuses...

The blight of militarisation

THE HINDU EDITORIAL Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities...

I have no problems with Ranil – Field Marshal Fonseka

Former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says some elements are attempting to reignite the ethic issue. Fonseka said that while he has no...

Inclusive growth: Vital for Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development

  Dr. Shamshad Akhtar The level of global debate about sustainable development is reaching new heights as the United Nations gears up for Member States to...

Freedom party blues II

Mahinda Rajapaksa, defeated in an unprecedented third bid for the presidency on 8 January this year, is living in a bubble - again. This bubble...