Collective Destinies in Pestilence

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera No longer were there individual destinies?; only a collective destiny. Made for plague and emotions shared by all.” Albert Camus In 430 BC, an entire chapter of the Peloponnesian war documented by the Greek historian, Thucydides was about a deadly epidemic. According to him, while Athenians prepared for war with Sparta, its […]

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera Despite all the difficulties, there needs to be a concerted effort to develop a negotiating framework that can command the widest possible support. Such a negotiating framework must include at least minimal acceptance, by both sides, of the norms and standards relating to international human rights and a determination to restore peace, […]

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The liberal order, critical technologies and small states: A case of Sri Lanka

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

ASANGA ABEYAGOONASEKERA Governments should adopt certain processes and values to certify the critical infrastructure projects of the Chinese. While globalisation was seen as a path to bring prosperity in the Western Hemisphere, UK who was championing the idea of the globalisation has officially exit from the European Union and disappointed its closest ally US, on […]

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Stepping down as the Director General INSSSL

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera First, let me thank all of you for the tremendous support you have given me during the last few years to establish the National Security Think Tank of Sri Lanka, (INSSSL) under the Ministry of Defence. From the first email I sent to all of you from INSSSL in August 2016, it was […]

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Strategic stability in the new decade: Ports of Asia in a period of escalation

Monday, January 20th, 2020

ASANGA ABEYAGOONASEKERA The previous Government gave it [Hambanthota Port] on a 99-year lease, and even though China is a good friend of ours and we need their assistance for development, I am not afraid to say that was a mistake.” Gotabaya Rajapaksa[i] 2020 dawns with a US airstrike. The significance of this strike, killing the […]

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