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‘Sri Lankan Political Establishment Failed To Anticipate Dangers Of Violent Extremism’

As India’s close neighbour Sri Lanka grapples with the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror strikes, Strategic News International Deputy Editor Parul Chandra spoke to Dr Harinda Vidanage, Director of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Noting that the terror strikes have posed a national security challenge, Dr Vidanage said these have also pushed Sri Lankan policymakers to do a rethink on the country’s national security strategy which has been in place since the civil war ended in 2009. Noting that the Sri Lankan political system has been caught unawares, Dr Vidanage said the attacks also revealed its failure to understand the security challenges posed by ISIS and violent extremism. For, all this while, the focus of this island nation was on the maritime domain and security.
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