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March 03 2018

The Merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces-issues to be considered

Ana Pararajasingham
North - East

Introduction

A major demand of the Tamil polity in Sri Lanka is that the Northern and Eastern Provinces are merged into a single entity.

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March 12 2018

Book Review: Globalism-New Nationalism

Sarvendra Tharmalingam
Thiruanvukarasu Latest Book on Globalism and Nationalism

This is a brief review of M Thirunavukarasu’s latest work in Tamil, Globalism- New Nationalism. The book is a well-researched tome of well over 500 pages.

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The Diplomat November 24 2017

India’s Regional Power Credentials under Threat by China

Ana Pararajasingham
China Maldive Relations

Maldives is the smallest nation in South Asia in terms of population, area and GDP. Yet in August 2017, it defied India, the regional power, by permitting three Chinese warships to dock in Male.

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Defence Review Asia Sept-Oct 2017

 Trincomalee Beckons: Is New Delhi Becoming Assertive?

Ana Pararajasingham
Trincomalee_harbor_map

India and Sri Lanka have always had a complex relationship-and New Delhi’s frustration with Colombo is the latter’s reluctance to accept India as the regional power. Instead, Colombo has always looked to other powers to counter Indian influence.

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The Diplomat May 23 2017

India and China’s Tug of War Over Sri Lanka

Yigal Chazan
China vs India

Unnerved by growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, India is seeking to strengthen ties with the Colombo government through economic cooperation as the Indian Ocean island nation assumes increasing importance as a regional trading hub in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.

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GLOBAL RISKS INSIGHT April 17 2017

Under the Radar: Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game for China, India and Japan?

Jeremy Luedi
The planned Hambantota port city and prospective world financial hub

Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup after the end of its decades-long civil war which ended in 2009. The island nation is being courted (and courting in turn) by various major powers, each seeking a stake in developing Sri Lanka’s strategic location midway between the Middle East and the Straits of Malacca. While opportunities present themselves, all this attention also comes with its own set of complications.

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