“Sri Lanka at Crossroads: Geopolitical Challenges and National Interests “ ( World Scientific, Singapore) , written by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera will be launched at 4 pm on December 21 ( Friday) at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute , 24, Horton Place , Colombo 7.
Dr Sarath Amunugama will be the chief guest and deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion with the participation of key practitioners in regional affairs, Prof Swaran Singh, of Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Emeritus Prof Vini Vitharana and Prof Eugene de Silva of Virginia Research Institute USA.
‘Sri Lanka atCrossroads’ dwells into a long list of regional issues and areas of potential cooperation as outlined by Abeyagoonasekera,who is also the Director General of Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSLK), the premier national security think tank under the Ministry of Defence.
“It is a classic realistic portrayal of Sri Lanka’s pivotal position , of her intertwined relations with India, China and of her options for the future,” writes Shivashankar Menon, former foreign secretary and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.
Prof. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera is the Director General of the INSSSL. He is a visiting professor for Geopolitics (Northern Kentucky University), International Security (University of Colombo) and International Political Economy (University of London RIC). Asanga ihas authored many academic journal articles and presented in Defence, Foreign Policy think tanks, Universities and Government Ministries. His major field of interest is geopolitics of South Asia, Indian Ocean Region and regional security in South Asia.