Can Pakistan and Sri Lanka Find Common Ground Beyond the Realm of Defense?

Visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrives to attend a military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2018 (AP photo by Anjum Naveed).
Visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrives to attend a military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2018 (AP photo by Anjum Naveed).

In late March, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was in Pakistan for a three-day visit that included attending the country’s Republic Day celebrations as the guest of honor, a sign of deepening ties between the two South Asian nations. The visit was seen as an attempt to build on defense cooperation that has been especially strong since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. In an email interview, Michael Kugelman, the deputy director of the Asia Program and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and […]

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