Sri Lanka

Mahinda Rajapaksa prays during a ceremony before formally assuming prime ministerial duties in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 11.

Rajapaksa Rule

Sri Lanka’s ruling party promised quick and decisive leadership. But with an economic meltdown looming, it should also be careful.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at his swearing-in ceremony outside Colombo on Aug. 9.

Rajapaksa, in a Landslide

After a major victory, the family will be able to reshape Sri Lanka to ensure their control for the long term.

Sri Lanka migrants bound for Australia remain on their boat despite it being washed ashore.

For Sri Lankan Refugees, a Free and Fair Australia Is a Myth

A murder mystery is an indictment of Australia’s draconian immigration policy that has left many legitimate asylum-seekers detained, deported, or dead.

Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Is Sri Lanka Becoming a De Facto Junta?

In under a year, Gotabaya Rajapaksa—the former defense secretary-turned-president—has bent the democracy to its breaking point.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa (L) gestures after taking his oath as the country's new prime minister towards his brother, the newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (R), during a ceremony in Colombo on Nov. 21.

The Rajapaksas Will Ruin Sri Lanka’s Economy

Virulent ethnic nationalism and hateful rhetoric toward minorities might win votes, but it will lead the country to economic ruin.

Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The Rajapaksas Own Sri Lanka Now

Victory for the hard-line political dynasty spells dark times for democracy.

A tea plantation worker shows off plucked tea leaves in the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka on Feb. 5.

Spilling the Tea in Sri Lanka

As large colonial-era tea plantations crumble, family-owned plots are trying to take their place and save the industry.

People gather near a damaged shop after a mob attack in Minuwangoda on May 14, 2019, north of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

Old hatreds are coming out in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.

A Sri Lankan security officer stands guard at a roadside checkpoint in Minuwangoda on May 14.

You Can’t Defeat Tomorrow’s Terrorists by Fighting Yesterday’s Enemy

Countries from Sri Lanka and Israel to the United States and Norway have failed to prevent attacks because their intelligence agencies were fixated on the last threat rather than the next one.

A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 5, two weeks after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels killed 257 people.

The Global War on Terrorism Has Failed. Here’s How to Win.

Targeting terrorists and their networks brings only temporary success—but the long-term strategy needs to focus on discrediting the ideologies that attract attackers.

A crescent moon is seen over St Anthony's church after it was partially opened for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo on May 7, 2019.

ISIS’s Church Attacks Break Mohammed’s Own Pledges

Assaults on Christian sites show terrorists are apostates as well as murderers.

Relatives carry the coffin of a bomb blast victim for a burial ceremony at a cemetery in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 2.

ISIS’s New Target: South Asia

The Sri Lanka attacks should put the region on alert.

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