Sri Lanka under Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Domestic Challenges and International Priorities

ISAS-KAS Panel Discussion

After months of uncertainty and delays, Sri Lanka held its parliamentary elections on 5 August 2020. While the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government’s victory was expected, the overwhelming numbers it received were unprecedented. The parliamentary polls were a referendum on the government’s handling of COVID-19 and an endorsement of its performance in the last eight months. The panel will examine the political, economic, social and international challenges and imperatives for Gotabaya’s government following the parliamentary polls.


Opening Remarks

HE Sashikala Premawardhane

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore


Panel Discussion (Webinar)


Professor C Raja Mohan


Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS



Domestic Politics

Dr Chulanee Attanayake

Visiting Research Fellow

Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS


State and Society

Dr La Toya Waha

Deputy Director, Political Dialogue Asia

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Singapore


Economic Challenges

Dr Amitendu Palit

Senior Research Fellow and

Research Lead (Trade and Economics)

Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS


International and Security Issues

Mr Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

Founding Director General

Institute of National Security Studies, Sri Lanka


Discussion Session

Closing Remarks

Mr Christian Echle

Director, Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore


End of Session

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Dr. La Toya Waha

Dr. La Toya Waha

Referentin für "Flucht und Migration"

latoya.waha@kas.de +49 30 26996-3825