Sri Lanka marching towards authoritarian security politics

Dr Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits

In this article published on the East Asia Forum, Dr Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits, sums up the political year in Sri Lanka and argues that in 2020 security will be the country's main priority.

Based on President Rajapaksa's past record, Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits argues that in 2020, Sri Lanka is likely to move towards more authoritarian security politics with governance controlled by experts on violence, leaving very little room for democratic dissident voices.

Economically the country seems likely to reinvigorate its dream of becoming the 'new Singapore', whilst internationally looking away from the West and looking more to the East.

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