Friday, 3 July , 2020

Lasanda Kurukulasuriya

Sri Lanka: police brutality, the ‘new normal’ and neoliberalism

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Former minister Mangala Samaraweera’s decision not to contest the upcoming parliamentary election, despite his name being on the candidates list, is unlikely...

Sri Lanka’s Millennium Challenge Compact and the US ‘Pivot to Asia’

By LasandaKurukulasuriya During the run-up to Sri Lanka’s November presidential election there was widespread agitation against attempts to rush the signing of a compact with...

Big powers converge in Colombo during Lavrov’s visit

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Jan. 23, 2020 It was an unusually busy week for the foreign ministry in Colombo earlier this month when there werevisits by Russian,...

Sri Lanka – Swiss embassy ‘abduction’ drama: An elaborate charade to...

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya December 8, 2019 A strange diplomatic drama has been playing out in Sri Lanka’s capital over the past couple of weeks. The Swiss...

Sri Lanka’s new ‘strongman’ president and the fears of the West

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya With ceremonies redolent with symbolism, followed by administrative moves that sentclear messages to the public, Gotabaya Rajapaksa took office as President of...

Sri Lankan presidential candidacy: Pyrrhic victory for key player

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya “Everything must change, so that everything can stay the same” is a much quoted line from Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s classic in political...

US military logistics hub in Sri Lanka: duplicity and doublespeak

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya While Sri Lankan politicians were distracted by apower struggle between the president and prime minister in December, the world’s superpower pulled off...

Indian Ocean geopolitics behind Western diplomatic behavior in Sri Lanka

Jan.9, 2019 By LasandaKurukulasuriya Sri Lanka’s seven-week political impasse towards the end of last year, caused by a clash between the executive and legislature, was resolved...

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary crisis and Western ‘concern’ for democracy

Sri Lanka’s legislature has been in disarray since 26th Oct. when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replacing him with his...

“Security cooperation” in the Indian Ocean: Does it make sense?

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriiya International conferenceson maritime affairs in the Indian Ocean region have seen a spike in recent times. Sri Lanka has invariably figured in...