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Sri Lanka's Economic and Political Crises Continue

Does the Sri Lanka crisis foreshadow uprisings across the Global South? Expert Ram Manikkalingam joins Deep Dish to discuss.
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About the Episode

Two weeks ago, Sri Lankans stormed the residence of the President and Prime Minister, following months of protests against corruption and worsening economic conditions. Saddled with billions of dollars of foreign debt and facing the lingering economic effects of the pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine, Sri Lankans face rampant inflation and dire shortages of fuel, foods, and medicines. Dialogue Advisory Group’s Ram Manikkalingam joins Deep Dish to explore how this island nation, whose economy was once held up as a success story in South Asia, has come apart, and what this experience reveals about the pressures faced by other nations across the Global South. 

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About the Experts
Founder and Director, Dialogue Advisory Group
Ram Manikkalingam is the founder and of the Dialogue Advisory Group, an independent organization that facilitates political dialogue to reduce violence, and he teaches politics at the University of Amsterdam. He has extensive experience working on mediation and diplomacy at senior levels in government, civil society and with international organisations. He advised then President Kumaratunga on the ceasefire and reconstruction in peace talks with the Tamil Tigers.
Brian Hanson
Former Vice President, Studies
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Brian Hanson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He managed the Council's research operations and hosted the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
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