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Will India Ditch Sri Lanka's Tamils?

MK Bhadrakumar, Indian Punchline

China's Long-Haul Indian Ocean Strategy

Kabir Taneja, The Diplomat

A Sri Lankan President's Fall from Grace

R. Boyagoda, New York Times

Sri Lanka's Uncertain Future

Victor Robert Lee, The Diplomat

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

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 ...

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....

Ghosts of Sri Lanka Haunts India - M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

  Deep-rooted contradictions are surging to the surface in India's Sri Lanka policy.    The deep bonds of ethnicity, culture, geography and history make India and Sri Lanka ins...

Mrs. Clinton, Leave Sri Lanka Alone - Michael Rubin, Contentions

The civil war in Sri Lanka was both brutal and a human tragedy. The United Nations estimated that the death toll from the Tamil Tigers’ long secession struggle might exceed 100...

South Asia's False Spring - Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

  NEW DELHI – From the armed coup that recently ousted the Maldives’ first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, to the Pakistani Supreme Court’s current effor...

A Way Forward in Sri Lanka - The Hindu

Aside from allaying Tamil apprehensions about the heavy military presence in Jaffna and the rest of the region, the government must plan to hold early provincial elections in the...

Sri Lanka's (Nearly) Forgotten Massacre - Jonathan Kay, National Post

The word "massacre" is thrown around a lot in wartime. But in this case, there is solid evidence behind the charge. This is no Jenin-style pseudomassacre we're talking about....

Sri Lanka Must Account for Civilian Deaths - Gordon Weiss, The Australian

Sri Lanka now smarts under increasingly detailed allegations it says unfairly targets them. It nominates the commission among a lengthy list of agitators supposedly bent on destr...

China-Sri Lanka Ties Worry India - Sudha Ramachandran, Asia Times

BANGALORE - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa would have returned from China a relieved man. The Chinese promised Sri Lanka more investment in ...

Sri Lanka's 'Killing Fields' - Stewart Watters, The Diplomat

In May, the UN Panel of Experts set up to investigate allegations of war crimes during the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 reported ‘credible allegations, whi...

The Revolution - and Its Crimes - Will Be Televised - The Observer

In Sri Lanka, Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere, human rights abuses are being recorded and the evidence is on the internet....

How India Kept Pressure Off Sri Lanka - Nirupama Subramanian, Hindu

In the final stages of the war with the LTTE, New Delhi played all sides but discouraged international attempts to halt the operations....

EU Pushing Sri Lanka Toward China - Madhav Nalapat, The Diplomat

Western pressure on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the defeat of the Tamil Tigers risks creating another Burma....

Sri Lanka's Forgotten Horrors - R. Subendran, National Post

The only hope for long-term peace is to share power with the Tamils, along with the acknowledgment by both sides of their past crimes....

The Politics & Price of Human Smuggling - Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star

No matter how much refugee advocates pretend there isn't a problem - or that it's a miniscule and manageable problem - doing nothing is an invitation to human smugglers to profit ...

Can Sri Lanka Keep the Peace? - Rowan Callick, The Australian

After decades of civil war, it's too soon to say whether Sri Lanka can achieve stability....

How China, India Displaced the West in Sri Lanka - Amantha Perera, Time

Support from China and India was critical during the bloody final three years of the conflict, as the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa faced increasing criticism from Wes...

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