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Bilateral Meeting Vivekananda International Foundation (India) & the Pathfinder Foundation (Sri Lanka)

On 17 August 2020, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a bilateral meeting in collaboration with the Pathfinder Foundation (Sri Lanka) on “India - Sri Lanka relations”. Dr Arvind Gupta - Director of the VIF, welcomed the part....

Sri Lanka Presidential Elections: Reinforcement of Security Concerns

As the latest election in Sri Lanka results reveal, issues of national security continues to be predominant for this island’s population. More generic issues of social welfare, gender sensitivity and local development did not find the similar reson....

Sri Lanka-US military Ties in the Indo-Pacific

On August 18, Sri Lankan media reported that the United States had decided to suspend bilateral negotiations with Colombo on the controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) until after the presidential election in the island nation1. W....

Round Table Discussion on Sri Lanka: Reeling Under the Attack

A round table discussion (RTD) was held on 16th May 2019 at the VIF to discuss the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka. The discussants included Major General Ashok Mehta, Dr Adil Rashid, Dr Smruti Pattanaik, Prof S D Muni, Dr Sreeradha Datta, Ambassa....

Sri Lanka: Need to Repair Political and Security Architecture

The Easter Sunday Church Bombings (April 21, 2019) in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka has altered the internal security situation and the political arithmetic in that country. The Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) claimed ownership of the at....

Terror Once Again Raises its Ugly Head in Sri Lanka

After just about a decade of peace, on Easter Sunday morning (April 21, 2019), Sri Lanka was rudely shaken by a series of suicide bombing attacks, three of them targeting Church congregations in Colombo and another four at up-market hotels and a gues....

Jihadi Terror Enters Sri Lanka

Almost exactly ten years after the end of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, a horrendous wave of jihadi terrorism has made a terrifying re-entry. Eight near simultaneous bomb blasts were carried out across the country in Colombo, Negombo, Koch....

Sri Lanka Crisis Resolved but Challenges Continue

The political crisis in Sri Lanka has receded following the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court (Dec 14, 2018) restoring the status of the Parliament as it existed on October 24, 2018 before the crisis erupted. The unanimous decision of the 7-memb....

Sri Lanka At Cross Roads: Political Crisis Defies Solution

President Maithripala Sirisena’s (MS) palace coup of October 25, 2018, aimed apparently at wresting absolute powers, has obviously failed to achieve its objectives, and in its stead, has created more chaos and confusion. The sacking of a sitting Pr....

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