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Destiny of the Pearl: How Sri Lanka's Colombo Consensus Trumped Beijing and Washington in the Indian Ocean

Humphrey School alum, Patrick Mendis, addresses the relationships Sri Lanka has with China and the U.S.

Ultimately, the success of the Colombo Consensus will be defined by the degree of freedoms that the Rajapaksa administration allows for its people--not the absolute freedom enjoyed by his family and friends, who govern the country in the name of national interest but in reality for personal aggrandizement. If their professed faith in Buddhism works, the doctrine of karma shall self-correct the journey--both person­ally and nationally--for a more peaceful, authentic Buddhist island in the Indian Ocean. The source of such karmic inspiration may be generated--with a random act like the origin of the Arab Spring in Tunisia--from either internal or external forces, but the eventual destiny of the crown pearl lies within the presence of human freedom.

Yale Journal of International Affairs
September 18, 2012

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