Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)

" Established under the S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation "

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Ms. Senuri Samarasinghe

Junior Research Associate

Senuri Samalka Samarasinghe is a Junior Research Associate at the BCIS. She is a graduate from University of Colombo, specialized in International Relations and she is currently following the Masters in International Relations at University of Colombo. Her main work focus on International Relations Theory, China’s Maritime Strategy in the Indian Ocean, Refugee Crisis in Europe, and Environmental Politics. She is also interested in conducting multidisciplinary research in amalgamating culture, civilizations and environmental security into International Relations research.

Ms. Shalika Dias

Junior Research Associate

Ms. Shalika Dias is serving as a Junior Research Associate at BCIS since 2015. Prior to the BCIS, she was an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, University of Colombo. Ms. Dias received her initial degree in International Relations (Special) from University of Colombo. She enjoys conducting research studies on China’s international relations, Area studies of Asia, especially on the Indian Ocean Region and International Migration.

Ms. Isuri Wickramarathna Siriwardhana

Research Associate

Isuri Wickramarathna Siriwardhana is a research associate at the BCIS. She has done her bachelor and Master Degrees in political science at the University of Colombo. Her research interests are mainly focus on democracy in the context of Sri Lanka, South Asia and the world politics.

She is particularly interested in studying of democratic implication and its problematic aspects. Her current research work is based on democracy in Sri Lanka and South Asia.

Mr. George I. H. Cooke

Deputy Director

George I. H. Cooke is the Deputy Director at the BCIS where he engages in research into foreign policy, diplomacy, regionalism and integration.

A diplomat by profession having joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 2007, he has served in the Public Communications Division, the Bureau of the Foreign Minister and the East Asia and Pacific Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, in addition to an overseas posting at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris and at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).



Appointment of Dr. Minna Thaheer as the Director/BCIS

Dr. Minna Thaheer is the Director , Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)

Dr. Minna Thaheer counts more than 15 years of professional engagement in humanitarian and development sectors while pursuing her academic and research interests. Her career to date mainly includes interventions in peace and reconciliation, human development, conflict resolution, poverty alleviation, policy analysis, advocacy and empowerment. She has authored books, journal articles and contributed to edited volumes mainly in the fields related to peace building, social cohesion and sustainable development.

Dr. Thaheer has functioned in the same fields as a policy analyst; researcher, policy advisor, academic, author and archivist while working in think tanks, civil society initiatives, academia and multi-national agencies including the World Bank and the UNDP including her immediate past stint at the Centre for Poverty Analysis. She was a recipient of the NUFU PhD scholarship from University of Oslo.  She was awarded a PhD in Political Science by the University of Colombo on a tripartite PhD programme with University of Oslo, Norway, University of Gadjamada, Indonesia and University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.