Drug-related crime and the death penalty
In this article published in the East Asian Forum, ISS Assistant Professor Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits analyses the politics behind bringing back the death penalty for drug related offences in Sri Lanka by President Sirisena.
She argues this new move could be part of a larger political gambit aimed at winning the upcoming presidential elections.
Despite the fact that, even with his new move, Presient Sirisena chances of securing a second term in office remains uncertain, his political war against drug related offences is making small gains by drawing political attention to himself, while distracting the electoral mass away from compelling issues of national security and economic development.
Jayasundara-Smits argues that Sirisena’s choice of battleground has been executed with military precision, reminding us of Clauzewitz’s claim that ‘war is politics by other means’.