Biden-Harris: What’s in store for Sri Lanka?

“If you don’t deal with China, you’re better off with us”

ECONOMYNEXT – If all goes well – not a small ‘if’, given recent events – Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States later this evening, Sri Lanka time. Outgoing President Donald Trump is boycotting the inauguration, and words like “civil war” are being thrown around freely, but – CNN’s premature frenzy notwithstanding – the transition should be mostly smooth. Mostly. In a few hours’ time, Biden will be conferred the increasingly dubious title ‘leader of the free world’ and Kamala Harris will create history by being the first woman and first person of colour to be Vice President of the US, an “enlightened” country that was mysteriously lagging behind on that count until November 2020. While this is all arguably good news for America, what are the short and long term implications of a Biden-Harris administration for Sri Lanka?

EconomyNext reached out to three experts, an economist and two former senior and reputed diplomats, for their views.

Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Kithmina Hewage predicts a return to multilateralism after years of isolationist foreign policy under Trump.

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