Sri Lanka as a location of global naval communication line: RAASL lectureView(s):
“The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier of Sri Lanka: The Future of Island’s Trilemma & Commercial Intercourse with China, India & USA’ will be the topic of this month’s Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RAASL) lecture on November 21 at 5 p.m.
The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Patrick Mendis, Professor of Transatlantic Relations, Warsaw University Poland and former diplomat at the US State Department at the Council Room of the RAASL, 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7. The lecture is open to all.
Zoom Meeting link:
Meeting ID: 819 4824 5085
The political history and the economic geography of island nations have long been intertwined with the national security interests and foreign policy goals of the United States. It is in this context, one needs to appreciate the perennial importance of the island nations in the realm of geopolitics. The importance of Sri Lanka is misunderstood as a mere strategic location, but the central argument should be focused on its importance as a location of global naval communication line. In particular, China’s emphasis on Sri Lanka derived from its ancient Silk Route legacy is akin to Beijing’s interest in acquiring the mastery of the Indian Ocean to confront its “Malacca Dilemma”.
In order to understand Sri Lanka’s strategic importance, it is important to examine the contemporary geopolitical factors visible in South Asia. In this lecture, Prof. Mendis argues on what trajectories Sri Lanka should be concerned about in carving its foreign policy decisions.
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