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Title: Sri Lanka in Commonwealth: UK-Sri Lanka Political and Economic Relations 2009-2015
Authors: Kandaudahewa, Hasith Eranda
Keywords: Bilateral Relations, Soft Power, National Interest
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, 2015.
Citation: International Research Symposium, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, 2015.
Abstract: During the colonial era, British introduced their political, economic and cultural system to Ceylon for maintain the colonial with more benefits. However, after the World War II British lost their hegemonic capabilities in world system. As a result of that, British decide to grant independence and establish the mechanism to maintain the close relations with former colonies in the world system. The Commonwealth was established in 1949 and contain the countries which directly or indirectly controlled by the British Monarchy.During the post-colonial era UK-Sri Lanka maintain close relationship within the international paradigm due to national interest.UK-Sri Lanka Political and Economic relations reach ripe movement during the ethnic conflict and United Kingdom (UK) became a major party for conflict prevention and negotiation process. However, escalation of ethnic conflict create more British involvement in Sri Lankan decision making process and Sri Lanka was granted large scale political and financial aid to maintain the peace process.During the last stage of humanitarian mission against the LTTE, UK became a more active party in IDP and resettlement process in war effected areas.
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