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#5402, 4 December 2017
Dateline Colombo
Changing Political Horizons in Sri Lanka?

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera reflects on Sri Lanka's political culture ahead of local and provincial elections in the country
#5391, 14 November 2017
Dateline Colombo
The Geopolitics of Floating Bases and the New World Order

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera weighs in on China's strategic vision that combines economic might with geopolitical prowess
#5380, 9 October 2017
Dateline Colombo
Monuments Over Mortality?

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera presents his thoughts on popular mobilisation against corruption in Sri Lanka and the larger neighbourhood
#5343, 22 August 2017
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lanka: Leveraging the Politics of Geography

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers how the country can reap the political benefits of its geostrategic location
#5332, 24 July 2017
Dateline Colombo
The Forgotten Professions: The Plight of a Nation

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes that Sri Lanka's political culture, economy and universities can all be reinvented to generate real innovation and creativity
#5310, 28 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Sri Lanka: Reorienting the Relationship?

Husanjot Chahal assesses the trajectory of India-Sri Lanka relations over the past three years and identifies trends in three key areas 
#5302, 20 June 2017
Dateline Colombo
Crisis and Foresight Analysis

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes about the importance of preparing foresight maps and situation analysis on a long term framework for developing countries
#5286, 19 May 2017
India-Sri Lanka: A Grim Tale of Economic Cooperation
Husanjot Chahal says that even though the need for engagement is strong, in practice, very little has been achieved on the economic front
#5284, 15 May 2017
Dateline Colombo
Steering Co-operation Across Oceans

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera analyses Sri Lanka's role in the world, in the backdrop of the One Belt One Road conference in China
#5274, 20 April 2017
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lanka: National Interests in a Globalised World

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues that the Sri Lankan government should take into account and assess its national interests while deciding on policies
#5250, 21 March 2017
Dateline Colombo
Re-building Sri Lanka: An Island at a Crossroads

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes that there are three potential options Sri Lanka could consider in order to bring credibility and results to the reconciliation process
#5237, 18 February 2017
Forecast 2017: Sri Lanka
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera assesses how Sri Lanka fared in 2016 and makes recommendations for 2017
#5209, 26 December 2016
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lankan Foreign Policy: Diaspora and Lobbying

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues for a reorientation of the country's external relations in a multipolar world
#5173, 10 November 2016
Dateline Colombo
Securing Sri Lanka's National Interests

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers recent developments to comment on measures the Sri Lankan government must undertake for country's forward movement
#5152, 13 October 2016
Dateline Colombo
Understanding our “Blindspot” to Make Peacebuilding Comprehensive

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues how our "blindspots" can affect peace-building between communities and nations
#5151, 10 October 2016
Evaluating Sri Lanka’s Regional Priorities
Husanjot Chahal looks at the regional dynamics of inter-state relations in light of PM Ranil Wikremesinghe's recent visit to India
Sri Lanka landslide: Hopes fade for '100 buried'
BBC News, 31 October 2014
Hopes are fading for victims of a landslide which may have buried more than 100 people in central Sri Lanka.

Pakistan, Sri Lanka discuss ways to enhance military cooperation
Zee News, 29 August 2014
Colombo: Pakistan and Sri Lanka have discussed ways to increase military cooperation, including in the fields of technical training and professional expertise, during meetings between top defence officials of the two countries.During talks with Sri...

India, Sri Lanka joint committee on fisheries meets
Jagran Post, 29 August 2014
This was among other issues discussed at the first meeting on the contentious issue, a government official present in the meeting said."In the meeting, it was noted that there are currently no bonafide fishermen in each other's custody. However,...

Sri Lanka, Seychelles to establish Joint Trade Commission
Global Post, 28 August 2014
COLOMBO, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka and Seychelles has decided to establish a Joint Trade Committee to boost economic relations between the two countries, a statement from the Commerce and Industry Ministry said Thursday.The prospective Joint Trade...

Colombo's first Seychelles forum attracts Sri Lankan businesses
Colombo Page, 28 August 2014
Aug 27, Colombo: More than 130 Lankan private sector representatives from 125 companies attended a Seychelles business forum inaugurated in Colombo today.Addressing the inauguration of "Seychelles Trade and Investment Forum-Sri Lanka: Fostering...

India funded development projects worth Rs. 365 million inaugurated in Northern Sri Lanka
Colombo Page, 28 August 2014
Aug 27, Jaffna: The Government of India has granted Sri Lanka Rs. 365 million for two major development projects in Jaffna, the capital city of Sri Lanka's Northern Province.The Indian government has granted Rs. 145 million to renovate the Duraiappah...

Pak Air Force chief visits Sri Lanka
Business Standard, 27 August 2014
Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt arrived in Sri Lanka today on a three day visit to boost bilateral defence ties. During his visit Butt will call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban...

SME's in Japan invited to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka
Colombo Page, 27 August 2014
Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka business leaders have extended an invitation to Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka."We wish to extend our invitation to Japan - Sri Lanka Business Co-operation...

External Affairs Minister reviews progress of Sri Lankan missions in Europe
Colombo Page, 27 August 2014
Aug 27, Rome: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris has met with several of the country's Ambassadors in Europe at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome for a comprehensive review of their work. Ambassador in France Professor...

Sri Lankan Provincial Minister speaks of cooperating with Pakistan to strengthen agriculture sector
Colombo Page, 26 August 2014
Aug 26, Lahore: Sri Lanka and Pakistan have lot to offer to each other to strengthen the agriculture sectors of the two countries, a Sri Lankan Provincial Minister visiting Lahore said.Minister of Agriculture of Sri Lanka's Eastern Provincial Council...

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Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
IPCS Forecast 2016
Special Report 182
State Support to Insurgents in Other States:Resolution or Worsening of Conflict?
Harish Venugopalan
Issue Brief 261
The Failed States Index (FSI) Report: A Critique
IPCS Debate
Special Report 145
Sri Lanka: The 13th Amendment
IPCS Debate
Special Report 143
Social Media: Sri Lanka's New War Zone
J Jeganaathan
Issue Brief 226
China and its Peripheries: Beijing and India-Sri Lanka Relations
N Manoharan
Issue Brief 217
Building Bridges: A Regional Dialogue
Panchali Saikia , Pradeepa Viswanathan and Ruhee Neog
Conference Report 42
Energy and Environmental Security: A Regional Dialogue (Final Report)
Conference Report 36
Sri Lanka and the Peace Makers: A Story of Norway and India
MR Narayan Swamy
Issue Brief 178
Security Net: Nuclear Risk Reduction in Southern Asia
Lydia Walker & Annie Siris Coombs
Special Report 101
Armed Conflicts in South Asia, 2009
Edited by Rekha Chakravarthi
Conference Report 15
Failure or Functional Anarchy?: Understanding Weak/Failing States in South Asia
D Suba Chandran
Issue Brief 100
Sri Lanka: Challenges Ahead
N Manoharan
Issue Brief 92
Poonch Festival: A Strategy to Integrate the Border Regions in J&K
D Suba Chandran
Special Report 64
Sri Lanka: The War against Peace?
Mayank S Bubna
Issue Brief 87
Situation in Sri Lanka: Options for India
N Manoharan
Issue Brief 63
Indian Fishermen Catch Gunfire: Maritime Dilemmas Pestering Indo-Sri Lanka Relations
Brian Orland
Issue Brief 53
India-Sri Lanka Accord: Does It Still Flicker?
MR Narayan Swamy
Issue Brief 50
Armed Conflict, Peace Audit and Early Warning 2014: Stability and Instability in South Asia
D Suba Chandran & P R Chari (eds.)
SAGE, New Delhi
Book reviews
N Manoharan reviews
India-Sri Lanka: Maritime Issues and Cooperation

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