“In a time when populism and authoritarianism appear on the rise, Commonwealth countries should publicly recommit to their democratic institutions”
Ganeshan Wignaraja and Myra Sivaloganathan explain four ways for Sri Lanka could contribute at next month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.
Among Commonwealth nations, Sri Lanka could advocate (i) more trade, (ii) women’s participation in the labour force, (iii) youth empowerment, and (iv) democracy and the rule of law.
With regard to trade, Sri Lanka should especially promote trade in modern services, as the new frontier in intra-Commonwealth trade.
LKI Take:The Commonwealth is experiencing a new ‘window of opportunity’ as a result of Brexit. However, given that Brexit itself has emerged from growing populism, it is worth considering how such populism might challenge efforts to further liberal values in the Commonwealth.
India’s Choice in the Maldives, Project Syndicate, by Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research and Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin
“India’s best option is to hold out a credible threat of military action, while imposing, together with other democratic powers, economic sanctions…”
Brahma Chellaney explains the challenges of an Indian military intervention in the Maldives and outlines Delhi’s best foreign policy option. He argues that:
A military intervention is not advisable because a legitimate Maldivian authority is not inviting India to intervene.
An intervention is also unlikely to facilitate a democratic political change in the Maldives that is capable of dampening China’s influence in the Maldives.
India should work with other democracies to impose economic sanctions, to decrease support for the current Maldivian President.
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