US Entrenchment in Sri Lanka in Context of Indian Ocean Geopolitics

Key Points:

  • On July 1, Sri Lankan Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardene publicly acknowledged that the Government of Sri Lanka has entered into a Status of Forces Agreement with the United States
  • The takeaways from the draft US-Sri Lanka SOFA clearly indicate that the Government of Sri Lanka is considerably restricted and handicapped from oversight into US military activities on its soil.
  • If the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Grant for Sri Lanka is approved by the country’s parliament, it would pave the way for US interference in Sri Lanka’s development sectors in a direct competition with China leading to political consequences for the Rajapaksa administration.
  • Signing of the SOFA could indicate the Rajapaksas’ eagerness to mend relations with the US Government as quid pro quo in exchange for increased political patronage leading to a decline in insinuations of human rights violations.
Zaki Khalid

Zaki Khalid

Zaki Khalid is a strategic analyst and freelance commentator based in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His areas of interest include national security, geopolitics, cyberspace and maritime affairs. He is also the founder and editor of 'Pakistan Geostrategic Review (PGR)', an independent platform publishing a premium newsletter and podcasts on geostrategic developments. He can be reached on Twitter @misterzedpk.

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