“The Changing Role of the USA in World Affairs: Impact on South Asia”
The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) organised a seminar on “The Changing Role of the USA in World Affairs: Impact on South Asia” on Thursday, 26th January 2017, from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm, at the BCIS auditorium, BMICH, Colombo 07. As the second seminar of the “Signature Seminar” series launched by the BCIS in 2016, it explored the relationship of the United States of America with South Asia under a new administration.
The Seminar Series highlights BCIS’ contribution as an international relations think-tank and an academic institute, functioning both as a venue and forum for disseminating knowledge related to International Studies in which Sri Lankan perspectives on international issues could be brought to public attention, be discussed and debated.
The following prominent Sri Lankan diplomats and academics functioned as resource persons at this seminar:
• Guest of Honour – H. E. Atul Keshap,
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Keynote Speaker
Ambassador (Retd.) H.M.G.S. Palihakkara,
Former Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Former Governor of the Northern Province, Sri Lanka
• Prof. Nayani Melegoda – Dean,
Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
• Ambassador (Retd.) Danesh Casie Chetty – Director/Consultant – External Relations Office for National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR)
• Ambassador (Retd.) Nihal Rodrigo – Former SAARC Secretary General, Former Secretary. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka
• Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka – Executive Director of the Bi-national United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission of Mutual Academic Exchange
• Prof. Tiffany Basciano – Associate Director of the International Law and Organizations Program at the School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University, USA