TIU Global Dialogue: Sri Lanka’s International Relations and Maritime Politics

Start Date: September 19 (Mon), 2022
Start Time: 3:30 PM (JST)
Location: Hybrid (Zoom or in-person at TIU Auditorium)
Hosted By: TIU Global Dialogue

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Dr. Chulanee Attanayake
Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies
National University of Singapore

Dr. Jeffrey Ordaniel
Associate Professor of International Security Studies
Tokyo International University
(Click HERE for Dr. Ordaniel’s profile.)

As the Indo-Pacific geopolitics evolves with the emergence of new great power competition, small Island States have become important stakeholders in international politics. They are seen as objects that can be shaped and used in various ways to enhance major players’ strategic positions – in terms of defense, military operations, and offshore presence. On Sri Lanka’s part, maritime diplomacy and aspirations are beginning to take a more assertive characteristic after being dormant for decades caused by the preoccupation with the three-decade conflict with the LTTE. As a result, post-war Sri Lanka is seen as focusing on maritime domain awareness to realize its maritime security interests. As a small state which does not look at power projection beyond traditional inter-state boundaries, its strategy includes cooperation with like-minded partners to undertake burden sharing in responding to collective security threats. Against this backdrop, this lecture will focus on Sri Lanka’s relations with the outside world amidst evolving maritime politics.

About TIU Global Dialogue:
The TIU Global Dialogue is a speaker series organized by Tokyo International University’s (TIU) E-Track International Relations program. Established in 2019, the TIU Global Dialogue brings top experts, academics and policy practitioners from the many fields of international affairs–politics, diplomacy, military, economics, and industry–to TIU to share research findings, and discuss issues of strategic importance to Japan and the world.

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