The Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and the International Conflict Resolution Specialization present:
Crisis in Sri Lanka: Obstacles, Opportunities, and the Role of US Policy
Introduced by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director, Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution; Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Practice, International and Public Affairs; Director, International Conflict Resolution Specialization
Moderated by Page Fortna, Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy, Department of Political Science, Columbia University
Dr. Shanta Devarajan, Professor of the Practice of Development at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Former Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group
Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, founding Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA); Board Member of the Sri Lanka Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International and Strategic Studies
Dr. Sonali Deraniyagala, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, SIPA; Lecturer in Economics, South Asia Institute, SOAS University of London
Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, Hemas Holdings PLC
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Sri Lanka, the island-nation known as the ‘Permanent Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean’, is reeling under an unprecedented economic crisis. Caused by a perfect storm of long-term sovereign debt, the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation in advanced economies, a strong dollar, high commodity prices, the war in Ukraine, and internal political dynamics, Sri Lanka was the first chip to fall in what is likely to be a series of seismic post-pandemic shocks for developing economies for years to come. This panel will offer a comprehensive, multi-sectoral look at the current crisis in Sri Lanka and will discuss a nuanced approach to US policy towards the strategically significant nation and the broader Indian Ocean region.
At this historical juncture of heightened geopolitical competition, in which geography puts Sri Lanka in a strategic position, the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs is proud to host a panel of Sri Lankan experts that will discuss these complexities for the benefit of the Columbia community and the broader public.
The panel will offer a comprehensive, multi-sectoral look at the current crisis in Sri Lanka and will discuss a nuanced approach to US policy towards the strategically significant nation and the broader Indian Ocean region.