What are the factors and conditions that propelled the shifts and changes in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy approach towards the Indian Ocean in the last 70 years? The paper argues that it can be explained in relation to the working of five interrelated variables: the domestic political and strategic compulsions, the India factor in Sri Lankan foreign policy, the strategic development in the Indian Ocean and the readings of global political trends and strategic developments by the regime in power in Colombo

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The Indian Ocean Space in Sri Lankan Foreign Policy: Evolving Strategic Perceptions since Independence – Prof. Gamini Keerawella