Last year proved to be an unpredictable year for Sri Lankan politics. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man who ended the country's civil war in 2009 was booted out of office by an unanticipated challenger, Maithripala Sirisena.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently dissolved parliament. The election will be held on August 17; a new parliament will gather on September 1. Yet what happens next is still far from clear.
Local and international print media continue to bring charges against the former Rajapaksa government, but overlook the dangers posed by the current Sri Lankan regime to the rule of law, democracy and freedom of expression.
The adoption of the third U.S.-sponsored resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka will now result in an international investigation being carried out in to the conduct of the civil war in the country.
As the last four years have shown, repeated pronouncements by U.S. and numerous other officials recommending that Sri Lanka take proper action have done nothing to bring even the slightest measure of justice for the horrific crimes of 2009.
Four years have passed since Sri Lanka's brutal and bloody civil war came to an aggressive end. At the time many rejoiced with the news. It now appears as though reconciliation is playing second fiddle to the growing political intrigue on all sides.
U.S. businesses, primarily apparel brands that import Sri Lankan-made goods to the United States, must begin to act in a more socially responsible and thoughtful manner if they want to be regarded as good corporate citizens.
A nation is like a marriage, or so Lenin imagined it to be, with each partner or province having a right to get out if things go horribly wrong. With so many post-Cold War precedents, you'd think secession wouldn't be dirty word today.
The ongoing internal conflict within the main opposition United National Party (UNP) is now unfolding in public, with independent statements, accusations and denials highlighting the party's fragmentation.