Sunday, 4 December , 2022

Lasanda Kurukulasuriya

Sri Lankan court order foils EU sanctions-related bid to ground Russian...

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Sri Lankan authorities have interdicted a fiscal officer associated with an attempt by an Irish plane-leasing company, to detain an Aeroflot passenger...

Sri Lanka’s new PM promises change but protects president

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Political developments in Sri Lanka have created an increasingly confusing picture in recent weeks. The surprise appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime...

Sri Lanka’s youth in revolt, demand system change

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The ongoing anti-government protests taking place in Sri Lanka today are extraordinary, and unlike anything this country has seen before. Protests that...

Amid pressures from Quad, China discusses military ties with Sri Lanka

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya With the Indian Ocean increasingly becoming a locus of big power contestation, the recent two-day visit to Sri Lanka by Chinese Defence...

US’s Indian Ocean proxy war: Sri Lanka, Maldives in the crosshairs

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Apr.3, 2021 Maldivian parliamentarians have been up in arms since the government’s signing of a defence agreement with India in February which, according...

Sri Lanka’s ‘IndoPacific’ role revealed in secret US document?

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The launch in Colombo of a Trilateral Maritime Security Secretariat, for cooperation between Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives, merits closer scrutiny....

Can Sri Lanka be ‘neutral’ with an ‘India first’ policy?

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya In several interviews after his recent appointment as Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, Adm. (Retd.) Jayanath Colombage has sought to explain the...

Sri Lanka: The Assault on Land

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The government’s recent move to do away with an important land circular, announced by the Cabinet Spokesman,Minister Bandula Gunewardena on 02.07.20, has...

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...