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Sri Lanka's War Crimes Controversy

Nilan Fernando, New York Times

Sri Lanka: A Lesson for U.S. Strategy

Kadira Pethiyagoda, The Diplomat

Sri Lanka Opens a New Era

James Crabtree, Financial Times

The U.S. Stake in Myanmar & Sri Lanka

Dennis Blair, The Diplomat

Earlier this month, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released its long-awaited investigation into alleged crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war. ...(full article)

In the coming days, a United States-led core group at the United Nations Human Rights Council will put forward its resolution on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, res...(full article)

Sri Lanka provides an important lesson for Washington policymakers. The very symbolic switching of Great Power friends by a small country following changes of government is somethi...(full article)

As former president Mahinda Rajapaksa comes to terms with his second electoral defeat in eight months, many in Sri Lanka are also predicting what once seemed unthinkable: the final...(full article)

Although many Americans would have a hard time finding Sri Lanka or Myanmar on a map, these two Asian countries are in the midst of major political transformations with important a...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The New Sri Lanka - Sebastian Faulks, Conde Nast Traveller

MY FIRST VISIT to the tea-growing island of Sri Lanka was in 1981, when I was part of the Guardian newspaper cricket team. Every single man in that bunch of dreamers, cranks and pr...

Great Hopes for Sri Lanka - The Hindu

The political transformation that this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections ushered in is the main reason for the international community to have come together to ...

The Angry Buddhists of Sri Lanka - Charles Haviland, BBC News

The principle of non-violence is central to Buddhist teachings, but in Sri Lanka some Buddhist monks are being accused of stirring up hostility towards other faiths and ethnic mino...

Sri Lanka Looks to the U.S. - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

The new government seems to have decided that good relations with China alone aren’t sufficient to get the job done, and is turning to the coalition of countries including th...

How to Beat an Insurgency: The Sri Lanka Model - P Layton, The Diplomat

How to win a civil war in a globalized world where insurgents skillfully exploit offshore resources? With most conflicts now being such wars, this is a question many governments ar...

Religious Hate Spreads in Sri Lanka - Ric Wasserman, Portal KBR

KATARAGAMA — A full moon is shining over the traditional Pooja celebrations here in southwest Sri Lanka. By the light of candles, people offer flowers, fruit and incense. Abo...

How Sri Lanka Won the War - Peter Layton, The Diplomat

How to win a civil war in a globalized world where insurgents skillfully exploit offshore resources? With most conflicts now being such wars, this is a question many governments ar...

How India Can Surpass China in Sri Lanka - N. Samaranayake, Diplomat

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent trip to Sri Lanka highlights New Delhi’s reawakening to the strategic position that Sri Lanka holds in India’s neighb...

India Begins China Pushback in Indian Ocean - Harsh Pant, The Diplomat

With Narendra Modi’s tour of three Indian Ocean states this week, New Delhi will renew its commitment to the region....

A Silk Glove for China's Iron Fist - Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

NEW DELHI – For years, China has sought to encircle South Asia with a “string of pearls": a network of ports connecting its eastern coast to the Middle East that would ...

Will India Ditch Sri Lanka's Tamils? - MK Bhadrakumar, Indian Punchline

The four-day state visit to India by the Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, which begins today, becomes a challenging diplomatic initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi....

A Bold Beginning for Sri Lankan President - The National

When Sri Lanka held its presidential election last month, Mahinda Rajapaksa was confident of winning an unprecedented third term. His conviction was founded on two main achievement...

China's Long-Haul Indian Ocean Strategy - Kabir Taneja, The Diplomat

The docking last September of a Chinese naval submarine in Colombo turned heads in New Delhi, just as the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was still getting up to...

Reasserting the Sri Lanka-India Friendship - The Hindu

The visit by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to New Delhi, days after the new government in Colombo was sworn in, sends the clear message of an enduring friendship ...

Rajapaksa Surprisingly Stands Down - Japan Times

There were two striking developments after voters in Sri Lanka went to the polls on Jan. 8 to select their president. First, the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, lost. To the surprise...

A Sri Lankan President's Fall from Grace - R. Boyagoda, New York Times

TORONTO — The Sri Lanka that Pope Francis is now visiting to canonize an 18th-century missionary is a radically different country than it was just one week ago. The differenc...

Sri Lanka's Uncertain Future - Victor Robert Lee, The Diplomat

Democracy has taken many knocks in recent years. Russian President Vladimir Putin has twisted a supposed Russian democracy into a dictatorship. Beijing is touting its single-party ...

An Election of Deep Consequence to Asia - Harsh Pant, The Diplomat

Sri Lanka’s surprising election result will have complex effects on the India-China-Sri Lanka strategic triangle....

Sri Lanka Upset a Blow to China - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

For Mahinda Rajapaksa, the now former president of Sri Lanka, last week's stunning election defeat must be a bit of a head-scratcher. Having ended the country's decades-long civil ...

Sri Lankan Voters Impeding Chinese Expansion - Bruce Einhorn, Businessweek

China has spared no effort to make friends with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The island nation has more than $4 billion worth of Chinese-backed investments, including a ...

Sri Lanka's Election Goes Down to the Wire - Economist

Sri Lanka prepares for what could be the closest presidential contest in its history....

Sri Lanka's Violent Buddhists - Rohini Mohan, New York Times

Now, with the country’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, facing a challenger in elections on Thursday, hard-line Buddhist groups have mobilized to support him. A wave of populis...

The Battle for Sri Lanka's Future - Sudha Ramachandran, The Diplomat

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s plans to return to power as Sri Lanka’s president for a third successive term has run into trouble. With less than a month to go before the vote, Ra...

Sri Lanka's Election Gets Interesting - Taylor Dibbert, The Diplomat

High-level defections are troubling developments for President Mahinda Rajapaksa....

Sri Lanka's Intransigence - New York Times

Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, said Tuesday that his government would not cooperate with the United Nations investigation begun last month into suspected human rig...

Growing Threat of Buddhist Fundamentalism - Vishal Arora, Diplomat

Buddhist fundamentalism seems to be fast spreading its tentacles in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, as newspapers report violent attacks on religious minorities and shrill deman...

UN Overreach on Sri Lanka - The Australian

Legitimate concerns exist about alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. But they are unlikely to be helped by the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to launch an investigation ...

The Commonwealth Hides Sri Lanka's Many Sins - The Guardian

How did Sri Lanka come to chair the recent meeting of the Commonwealth....

Sri Lanka's Reputation Hangs in the Balance - Daily Telegraph

Enchantment and affection will be in short supply at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo....

Sri Lanka's Killing King - Kapil Komireddi, The Daily Beast

Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has tirelessly touted his country as a tropical Eden “full of promise, with an economy poised to take off.” But the message belies...

Sri Lanka's Climate of Fear - New York Times

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had a record of serious human rights violations and failed to provide accountabi...

Sri Lanka's Tragedy - Daily Telegraph

The Sri Lankan government must allow a UN investigation into the fate of the disappeared....

How Not to Win a War - Eric Ellis, The Global Mail

Four years after its brutal victory over Tamil Tiger rebels that ended a 26-year-long civil war, Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-led government is at pains to persuade the world that i...

When Buddhists Turn Nasty - Charu Lata Hogg, The Diplomat

As a religion synonymous with compassion and defined by non-violence, Buddhism has always been seen as a gentle way of life. It is for this reason that developments in Burma and ...

Burma, Philippines & Sri Lanka: Asia's Next Tigers? - Peter Coclanis, WAJ

The Philippines. Sri Lanka. Burma. Each, rightly or wrongly, was a darling of the development community in 1960. Each tanked, but each may soon be appearing on what Jim O’Nei...

Sri Lanka's Squandered Opportunities - Washington Post

Almost Four years ago, the Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a decisive victory in a 26-year-long civil war with rebels from the island's minority Tamil comm...

Island Nations Play China, India - Harsh Pant, Yale Global

China's new ties with Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka sink India’s influence over Indian Ocean....

Unrest Returns to Sri Lanka - Sudha Ramachandran, The Diplomat

Jaffna, the capital of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province and once the bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is once again experiencing unrest....

Why Asia's Insurgencies Are Europe's Shame - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Divide-and-rule European imperialists, favoring one ethnic group and persecuting or neglecting another, or drawing arbitrary lines in the sand or the grass, originally transformed ...

No International Impunity for Sri Lanka - Alan Keenan, CNN

International attention on Sri Lanka has focused recently on a devastating report from the United Nations reviewing its own failure to protect civilians during the humanitarian c...

Sri Lanka Rejoins the World - Sam Baker, Asia Sentinel

The government of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka has probably botched its dealings with the United States, the European Union and the United Nations. Still, the disenchantment with...

Are India-Sri Lanka Relations Deteriorating? - Banyan

ARE relations between India and Sri Lanka falling to bits, as various news outlets have suggested in the past few days? On the face of it, tensions are growing across the Palk Str...

China Breaks Ice on Northern Sea Route - Ravi Velloor, Korea Herald

In April, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Iceland and Sweden - both Arctic Council members. Economic opportunities aside, gripped by a growing sense of siege thanks to the Ameri...

Buddhists Behaving Badly - William McGowan, Foreign Affairs

Militant Buddhism was a driving force behind the 25-year war between the majority Sinhalese (74 percent of the population) and the minority Tamils (18 percent), who were fighting f...

Sri Lanka's Muslims Under Siege? - Joseph Hammond, The Diplomat

The end of the civil war brought hopes that the country could become united. But attacks by radical Buddhists suggest Sri Lanka faces a new challenge to internal harmony....

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