The RCSS was awarded a research project by The Think Tank Capacity Building (TTCB) Project Implemented by University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative, USA. The title of the research is “Post-war Democracy Building Initiatives in Sri Lanka 2015 – 2019: Lessons Learned”. The tenure of the National Unity Government (2015-2019) stands as a unique democratic reform experiment in Sri Lanka since independence. It marked the first substantive political reform initiative in the post-war context. In this backdrop, the proposed research aims to examine why the 2015-2019 democratic reform agenda in Sri Lanka stalled during the middle of the course despite all the hype and popular support for political reforms at the beginning. The lessons that can be derived from the pursuit of these democratic reforms are crucial for any democracy building endeavors in the future. This research aims to generate a wide public discourse on the paradox of democracy in Sri Lanka.

The Research Lead is Prof. Gamini Keerawella (Professor Emeritus), Executive Director, RCSS. The Research Associates include Dr. Ramesh Ramasamy, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya; Dr. Athambawa Sarjoon, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya; and Dr. Menik Wakkumbura, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Colombo. The Researchers include – Ms. Ayodya Krishani Amarajeewa, M.A., Programme Officer, RCSS; Ms. Shavini de Silva, M. A., Programme Officer, RCSS; Ms. Nimmi Jayathilake, M.A., Programme Officer, RCSS (Project Coordinator). The Financial Management – Mr. Prassana Nissanka, Financial Officer, RCSS; Project Administration – Ms. Amali Bamunusinghe, Administrative Officer, RCSS.