Sri Lanka facing the new Cold War in the Indo-Pacific theatre

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

ASANGA ABEYAGOONASEKERA Courtesy ORF At present, albeit in a different context, there is another westward strategy from the Eastern Pacific theatre. It is that of the US Pacific Command in Hawaii along with Japan, Australia and other like-minded allies.Sri Lankan navy at Sri Lanka’s 72nd Independence Day — 4 February 2020, Colombo. Photo: Ishara S. […]

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Rajapaksa’s leadership in Sri Lanka’s domestic politics amidst regional instability

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

ASANGA ABEYAGOONASEKERA Courtesy Observer Research Foundation Sri Lanka will hold its Parliamentary election on 5 August. The efficient leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was demonstrated in managing the recent Covid-19 pandemic crisis. It is a proven leadership which will be a significant factor to ensure a landslide victory in the upcoming election for the Rajapaksa […]

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COVID-19: International and domestic challenges await Sri Lanka

Monday, May 18th, 2020

by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera* We’re going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don’t forget it. We are like a piggy bank that’s being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China”[i] President Donald J. Trump during the 2016 election campaign. President Donald Trump was elected on a platform challenging […]

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Managing Systemic Risks During Pandemic

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera* The oldest form of systemic risk, which is that arising from viruses and pandemics”  Ian Goldin & Mike Mariathasan, The Butterfly Defect (Princeton 2014) ‘Pain of one nation is the pain of another; as we are all interconnected’ was the opening sentence of  my 2015 book ‘Towards a better world order’. We are […]

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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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