Neil DeVotta on the Protests in Sri Lanka


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As long as people are able to cast their ballot, irrespective of the illiberalism, irrespective of all these other shortcomings, democracy, at least from a voting standpoint, has the capacity to surprise.

Neil Devotta
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Neil DeVotta is professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University. His article "Sri Lanka's Agony" was published in this July's issue of Journal of Democracy.
Key Highlights

  • Introduction - 0:38
  • Overview of the Protests - 3:15
  • Protests After the Rajapaksas - 15:16
  • Background on the Rajapaksas - 24:58
  • Sri Lanka and Democracy - 30:31
  • Future of Sri Lanka - 34:11

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"Sri Lanka's Agony" by Neil DeVotta in the Journal of Democracy

"Sri Lanka: The Return to Ethnocracy" by Neil DeVotta in the Journal of Democracy

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