Barana Waidyatilake

| Global Associate

Sri Lankan Foreign Policy; Indian Ocean Security; Indo-Lanka Relations; Religion and Foreign Policy
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Barana joined LKI as a Global Associate in April 2020. He was a Research Fellow at LKI from February 2016 to October 2018, following which he worked as a Market Specialist for Facebook in Dublin, Ireland.

He holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam, and obtained his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Melbourne, with first class honours. In 2012, he received a scholarship from the University of Queensland to participate in its Summer Research Program, where he examined how humanitarian crises were visually depicted in print media. He previously worked at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo.

Barana’s research focuses on security in the Indian Ocean region and Indo-Lanka relations. His work on Sri Lanka-Australia strategic relations and Sri Lanka’s regional security strategy has been published by The Diplomat, while his analyses of the Indian Ocean Rim Association have been published by South Asian Voices at the Stimson Center, and the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.