Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) organised a roundtable discussion under the theme, ‘Importance of Political Stability for National Security of Sri Lanka’ on 7 June from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. (IST) via Zoom. This event was graced by Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Attorney- at-Law/Arbitrator in Sri Lanka and Jamaica, Rector Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo and Malinda Seneviratne, Senior Political Analyst and Director/CEO, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Training Institute.
The event was moderated by Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardene, Acting Director General and Director (Communications and Publications) at INSS.
Dr. Mahanamahewa initiating the discourse emphasised that political stability goes hand in hand with economic security and ultimately the security of both ensures national security. Therefore, he discussed further about the importance of political stability and the factors that affect the same.
Mismanagement of resources, absence of timely decisions and corruption were identified as main bottlenecks for political instability. Further he mentioned that a stable political system in a country will automatically restore national security and suggested that a new constitution will be a good hope for Sri Lanka to maintain political stability, taking current developments into consideration.
Malinda Seneviratne was the second speaker of the session and emphasised more on the external threats that is affecting the country’s political stability. This mainly included the threat emanating from the LTTE diaspora and how their acts and influences could create chaos, making the country unstable. He identified the factor of discrimination based on ethnicity, religion is a vital for political instability and the country must unify to go in the direction of political stability.
Subsequent to the presentations, the moderator initiated a meaningful Q and A session and many participants commented and raised questions creating a productive discourse on political stability. The discussion then ended in the hope of conducting another fruitful session in the future.