Sri Lanka, Feb. 6 -- Sri Lanka's Quest for A Rules-based Indian Ocean

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja and Dr. Dinusha Panditaratne*

The evolution of Sri Lanka's foreign policy since the election of a unity government on 8 January 2015 merits interest. Changes include the country's engagement with a wider range of international partners, as well as a commitment to address the country's post-conflict concerns.

These changes have been pursued within a new and overarching foreign policy framework that is perhaps less well-known - a framework of positioning Sri Lanka to become a vibrant and prosperous centre of the Indian Ocean. Developed by the post-2015 government in view of increasing prosperity and competition in the Indian Ocean, this foreign pol...