New twists in Sri Lanka’s political crisis fuel uncertainty

For a brief moment on Thursday, it appeared as though Sri Lankan politicians might be able to return soon to the country's suspended parliament to thrash out their differences over who should be prime minister - and... More

With no end to Lanka’s constitutional crisis, protectionism and liberalism collide as...

A week after the sacking of the UNP-led coalition government of Ranil Wickremesinghe who was then replaced by former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former’s chances of regaining ground More

Pakistani envoy called on Lankan PM Rajapaksa

The High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat met Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Speaker Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya here on Thursday. During the meetings, the current political situation in Sri Lanka was discussed. High Commissioner Dr.... More

India and China nervous spectators in Sri Lanka crisis

Rival Asian giants India and China are anxiously watching the constitutional conflict between contending prime ministers in Sri Lanka to see whose interests get the upper hand in their own strategic battle. It is the second time in... More

It is India vs China amid upheaval in Sri Lankan politics

The recent political turmoil in Sri Lanka brings to the surface the debate on domestic issues vis-à-vis South Asian geopolitics. The turmoil has roots in a suspected plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena by some cabinet ministers.... More

US Defence Secretary says Sri Lanka lost sovereignty over harbour

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that Sri Lanka lost sovereignty over its own harbour as a result of the deal with China. Mattis was referring to the deal between Sri Lanka and China on the Hambantota... More

As Sri Lankan political crisis drags on, Sirisena agrees to consider expediting...

Even as newly-appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was also given charge of the finance portfolio, assumed duties on Wednesday and took swift measures to bring down the price of fuel, sections of the people... More

President Sirisena justifies to world the appoint of Rajapaksa as PM

Even as hundreds of Sri Lankans calling for democracy thronged Colombo Tuesday asking President Sirisena to make his decisions on Prime Ministerial change through parliament, a full circle ideology revolution was seen in action as a defiant... More

Sri Lanka’s not for sale

Most people in the island nation of Sri Lanka and its Asian neighbors were stunned last week when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe — and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the populist strongman who... More

Sri Lanka’s political shake-up is a win for China

On Friday, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena withdrew his United People’s Freedom Alliance from the government’s ruling coalition without warning, fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post. On Saturday, he... More

Sri Lankan rival PMs battle to get lawmakers on their side to...

Sri Lanka's rival prime ministers battled to tempt lawmakers from opposing sides on Tuesday (Oct 30) as they sought numbers to swing any vote of confidence held in Parliament to end the country's constitutional crisis. Former strongman Mahinda... More

China seeks pragmatic ties with India, not strategic competition in Sri Lanka:...

China and India should focus on pragmatic cooperation in Sri Lanka for the shared interest of all three countries, as the small South Asian nation goes through a political transition, rather than engage in strategic competition over... More

What Rajapaksa’s return means for China-India tug of war over Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s long-running domestic power tussle metamorphosed into full-blown turmoil over the weekend, leaving its foreign policy more tangled than ever, especially in regards to India and China. That things have come to this won’t be surprising to... More

Why Sri Lanka’s political crisis is bad news for India

Sri Lanka was plunged into the crisis on Friday when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and swore in ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa to replace him+ , breaking up a fragile coalition governing the island. However, the... More

New Cabinet in Lanka but ousted PM Wickremesinghe maintains that the final...

Monday evening saw the new Cabinet of Ministers being sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed Prime Minister last Friday took over as Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs... More

President Sirisena addresses nation, says assassination plot prompted removal of Wickremesinghe  

An alleged assassination plot which had the involvement of a cabinet minister and the ‘tremendous pressure to avoid investigations’ under the UNP led government were the main reasons behind his decision to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe from the... More

Shifting toward China, Sri Lanka’s political crisis is deepening

A leadership struggle in Sri Lanka is the latest skirmish in the broader battle for influence in South Asia between India and China and has left the tiny island nation -- already heavily indebted to Beijing --... More

As Sirisena and Rajapaksa consolidate grip over power, Chinese envoy takes lead...

Sri Lanka was plunged into political uncertainty as President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday prorogued parliament until November 16, a day after appointing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as More

Senior Sri Lankan policeman arrested over plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena

A top Sri Lankan police official was arrested on Thursday over a suspected plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena, police a spokesman said. The alleged plot briefly threatened to cause tension between Sri Lanka and India, after an... More

India suffers sets setback in Wickremesinghe’s sacking as Sri Lanka faces constitutional...

In a major political move that has domestic and international ramifications, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Friday evening sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe days after his... More

Sri Lanka’s post-civil war reconciliation mechanisms mired in controversy

Sri Lanka once again finds itself trapped between the Western prescription for its post-war reconciliation path and local fears of an equality-driven emphasis on healing its traumatic past which pitted the Sinhalese against the Tamils in a... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More