The Pivotal Role of Sri Lanka between the Elephant and Dragon

Date of Award

Spring 9-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

MA in Geopolitics and International Relations


Department of Geopolitics & International Relations


The increased demand for natural resources and the need for economic growth combined with growing threat perceptions have attracted major powers into the Indian Ocean, making it a highly contested region. Being strategically located in the ocean, Sri Lanka is a strategic asset for powers like India and China. In this backdrop, a tilt by Sri Lanka towards either of the powers raise concerns. The article examines this aspect and the emerging contours owing to the triangular relationship between the three states.