Sri Lanka: Towards Reconciliation?
Mahinda Rajapaksa was reelected President of Sri Lanka following the country’s first presidential elections after the military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last May. Despite some violent incidents during the election campaign, the elections were largely peaceful. Rajapaksa declared in his announcement from January 12 this year that he is prepared to execute the necessary constitutional changes to accommodate the political aspirations of Sri Lankan minorities, by creating a second parliament chamber which would allow greater Tamil political representation. In waking up from the post-victory euphoria of May last year the main issue on the agenda of the president has to be winning the peace.
ISDP Annual Report 2023
ISDP’s Annual Report for the year 2023. We look back on 2023, a year in which tensions and conflicts captured the strategic space in ISDP’s focus areas, making headlines around […]
Continuity and Change in Indonesia’s Past, Present, and Future Foreign Policy Agenda: An Interview with DR. TUFAN KUTAY BORAN
Ahead of the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections on February 14, 2024, ISDP’s Asia Program intern Nolwenn Gueguen sat down with Dr. Tufan Kutay Boran, Lecturer at the Department of Social […]
South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Atmanirbhar Bharat, and the IPEF: Convergence and Commonality
For some time now, the existing multilateral networks such as those of the United Nations (UN) system have been largely ineffective in providing good global governance and helping create resilience, […]
Quad Plus EU: A Viable Option for the Times?
Today, the primary Indo-Pacific contest is not just about the China-US hegemony. It also involves a range of so-called “middle powers” – including Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, […]
Taiwan and the Diplomatic Squeeze
In mid-March 2023, the self-governing island of Taiwan lost another one of its already few diplomatic allies. Announcing the severing of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Honduras on Twitter on March 15, […]