In a remarkable political upset, two-term Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse lost last month’s election to a defector from his own party, Maithripala Sirisena. The new government has set out an ambitious agenda to revive parliamentary democracy, work toward ethnic reconciliation, and repair relations with the U.S. Breaking with his predecessor’s policy of cozying up to the Chinese, President Sirisena has pledged to broaden Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and renew its engagement with the world. Join us as an expert panel discusses these political changes and what they mean for U.S. relations with this strategically located Island nation that has just taken a major step in strengthening democracy and establishing peace in a volatile part of the world.
More About the Speakers
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch
Partner, Armitage International, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
for Regional Stability, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Director, Asian Studies Center